Onward and Upward in the Garden

Onward and Upward in the Garden Katharine White Began Working At The New Yorker In 1925, The Year Of Its Founding, And Was An Editor There For Thirty Four Years, Shaping The Careers Of Such Writers As John O Hara, Vladimir Nabokov, And Jean Stafford Throughout And Beyond Those Years She Was Also A Gardener In 1958, When Her Job As Editor Was Coming To A Close, White Wrote The First Of A Series Of Fourteen Garden Pieces That Appeared In The New Yorker Over The Next Twelve Years The Poet Marianne Moore Originally Persuaded White That These Pieces Would Make A Fine Book, But It Wasn T Until After Her Death In 1977 That Her Husband, E B White, Assembled Them Into This Now Classic Collection.Whether White Is Discussing Her Favorite Garden Catalogs, Her Disdain For Oversized Flower Hybrids, Or The Long Rich History Of Gardening, She Never Fails To Delight Readers With Her Humor, Lively Criticism, And Beautiful Prose But To Think Of Katharine White Simply As A Gardener, Cautioned E B White In His Introduction To The Book, Would Be Like Insisting That Ben Franklin Was Simply A Printer Katharine White Had Vast And Varied Interests In Addition To Gardening And She Brought Them All To Bear In The Writing Of These Remarkable Essays Onward And Upward In The Garden Is An Essential Book Of Enduring Appeal For Writers And Gardeners In Every Generation Intensely Personal And Charged With Emotion, The Essays Remain Timeless Now In This New Edition, White Can Be Read And Appreciated Anew. Be warned, most of this volume is about.seed catalogs White reviews them as if they were books Even for someone interested in seeds, botany, and yes, seed catalogs, like me, it s a bit much She s also writing in the 50s and 60s, so a lot of the cultivars she s talking about have probably gone the way of the dodo.I can t say the personality that came through the writing was all that attractive Her writing style is what I consider fussy I shall for I will, and unnecessarily archaic Be warned, most of this volume is about.seed catalogs White reviews them as if they were books Even for someone interested in seeds, botany, and yes, seed catalogs, like me, it s a bit much She s also writing in the 50s and 60s, so a lot of the cultivars she s talking about have probabl
Not really a longer review, butthoughts Something as simple and ephemeral as a seed catalog is something that shouldn t be this fascinating, but the essays the Katharine S White build around them, the world of her garden and her advice, make them that way Even though the objects are transient, the role they play in gardening and Wh
As a gardener myself, in addition to being an avid fan of The New Yorker, this collection of articles first published in The New Yorker in the late 1950 s is a dream come true Katharine White, the wife of EB White and a famed editor in her own right, was a reader and collector of gardening catalogs which she poured over from her house in Maine during the snowy wintery housebound months in frozen Brookline From these cataogs she made her seed and plant lists for the Spring and dreamed of gard As a gardener myself, in addition to being an avid fan of The New Yorker, this collection of articles first published in The New Yorker in the late 1950 s is a dream come true Katharine White, the wife of EB White and a famed editor in her own right, was a reader and collector of gardening catalogs which she poured over from her house in Maine during the snowy wintery housebound months in
I ve never met an opinionated gardener I likethan the late Katharine S White The essays in this book shaped me somewhat, to the extent that they helped me accept my own gardening prejudices and limitations More than anything, though, they helped me to dream, to visualize perfection in my own little piece of sod I ve come close to that mark a couple of times, but not on the shady lot we now call home This is a book for winter months, the times you d like nothing better than to sink you I ve never met an opinionated gardener I likethan the late Katharine S White The essays in this book shaped me somewhat, to the extent that they helped me accept my own gardening prejudices and limitations More than anything, though, they helped me to dream, to visualize perfection in my own little piece of sod I ve come close to that mark a couple of times, but not on the shady lot we now call home This is a book for winter m
I skimmed this quickly, enjoying it as I did, despite being only a vicarious gardener The Introduction by her widower, E B White, added a lot to my reading experience These essays evoke a time and a way of living now gone They a
Summer Bingo Free SpaceI love reading seed catalogues and old gardening books, so Onward and Upward in the Garden was a real treat for me I look forward to re reading these essays during the dark, cold days of winter. I will admit this book is not for everyone and if you are not passionate about flowers and flower gardening or reading about a woman living in the 50 s then just skip this book I found it to be a treasure I did take my time reading it, I think this is the longest I have ever taken to finish a book I chose to pick it up at different times of different seasons when my interest was inspired This is not a book to be read at one time Katharine had spunk and she drew me in right off the bat and w I will admit this book is not for everyone and if you are not passionate about flowers and flower gardening or reading about a woman living in the 50 s then just skip this book I found it to be a treasure I did take my time reading it, I think this is the longest I have ever taken to finish a book I chose to pick it up at different times of different seasons when my interest was inspired This is not a book to be read at one time Katharine had spunk and she drew me in right off the bat and when I thought I just might give up on a certain topic I was finding dull she would write something that would make me chuckle I just fell in love with her I looked up some of the seed companies she reviewed and found them to still be
Delightful I read itas a memoir of an obsession than anything else Love her line about I read in dream about how she reads gardening and seed catalogs Three stars because it won t be everyone s cup of tea But it s a gentle tonic that I really enjoyed My first book from the
What an unexpected collection I confess I only had patience to skim this one, but found her tone and perspective on gardening and flower species and catalogues fascinating She struck me as a highly intelligent woman who took very seriously her hobby of gardening, and invested heart, soul, and in
Was weirdly fascinated by this book A collection of essays written over the span of Katharine S White s career at the New Yorker, reviewing and musing on annual seed catalogues, the people who create them, and gardening in general Made interesting by her pointed and particular opinions old fashioned, stubborn, sassy Combination of time capsule and timeless, some parts were still relevant and others were pretty skimmable.The part that made the biggest impression on me, though, was EB White Was weirdly fascinated by this book A collection of essays written over the span of Katharine S White s career at the New Yorker, reviewing and musing on annual seed catalogues, the people who create them, and gardening in general Made interesting by her pointed and particular op

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  • Paperback
  • 362 pages
  • Onward and Upward in the Garden
  • Katharine S. White
  • English
  • 04 May 2018
  • 0374516294