Title: One Writer's Garden : Eudora Welty's Home ...
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication Date: 2011
Illustrator: Photographer Langdon Clay
Book Condition: New
Dust Jacket Condition: New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Copies signed by co-author Susan Haltom at book event in Pass Christian on 4/11/12 The book was only opened for signature by author. This is a rare signed first printing. The book is now in a second printing.Otherwise, new and unread. By the time she reached her late twenties, Eudora Welty (1909-2001) was launching a distinguished literary career. She was also becoming a capable gardener under the tutelage of her mother, Chestina Welty, who designed their modest garden in Jackson, Mississippi. From the beginning, Eudora wove images of southern flora and gardens into her writing, yet few outside her personal circle knew that the images were drawn directly from her passionate connection and abiding knowledge of her own garden. One Writer¿s Garden: Eudora Welty¿s Home Place (University Press of Mississippi) by Susan Haltom and Jane Roy Brown is an exploration of the garden Welty tended with her mother and how that work affected her writing. Near the end of her life, Welty still resided in her parents¿ house, but the garden fell into neglect when Welty no longer had the strength to care for it. Co-writer and garden designer Susan Haltom offered to help preserve the garden and spent ten years restoring the green space. Welty began remembering the flowers that had grown in what she called "my mother's garden." Before her death Welty herself would look on from the breakfast room window as Haltom began uncovering hidden bulbs and nursing the writer's beloved camellias and her mother's roses. At the end of those long days, Haltom would often re-read Welty's stories, discovering anew symbolism and imagery drawn from the very soil she was digging in. When Welty's private papers were released several years after her death, they confirmed that the writer had sought both inspiration and a creative outlet there. One Writer's Garden contains many previously unpublished writings, including literary passages and excerpts from Welty's private correspondence about the garden. The authors of One Writer's Garden not only draw connections between Welty's gardening and her writing but also show how the garden echoed the prevailing style of Welty's mother's generation. On display here is a wider trend of Progressive-era optimism, a rising middle class, prosperity, new technology, women's clubs, garden clubs, streetcar suburbs, civic beautification, conservation, plant introductions, and garden writing. The broader story of how American gardens evolved in the early twentieth century is illustrated with images from contemporary garden literature, seed catalogues, and advertisements, as well as unique historic photographs. Noted landscape photographer Langdon Clay captures the restored garden through the seasons with hundreds of color photographs SUSAN HALTOM is a garden designer and preservation and maintenance coordinator of the Eudora Welty garden. JANE ROY BROWN is a freelance travel and garden writer with a focus on historic gardens and landscapes. She is also director of educational outreach for the Library of American Landscape History. LANGDON CLAY's photographs have been featured in such publications as Jefferson's Monticello by Howard Adams and From My Chateau Kitchen by Anne Willan. Bookseller Inventory # 000277
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