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Onward and Upward in the Garden #2020

Onward and Upward in the Garden Katharine White began working at The New Yorker in 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

  • Title: Onward and Upward in the Garden
  • Author: Katharine S. White E.B. White
  • ISBN: 9780807085615
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Paperback
  • Onward and Upward in the Garden By Katharine S. White E.B. White, 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 fourtKatharine 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.

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    1. Be warned, most of this volume is abouted 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 there is no reason [...]

    2. Not really a longer review, but thoughts 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 White s own experiences aren t and that s what makes the collection of essays sparkle Longer review when I m done with travel, but I absolutely love the articles despi [...]

    3. 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 garden g [...]

    4. I ve never met an opinionated gardener I like than 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 your hands i [...]

    5. 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 also transported me, a lifelong Californian, to a Maine farm.I found certain essays of particular interest, including those which touched on fragrances of flowers, dwarf fruit trees, and the work ethic in and out of the garden.

    6. 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.

    7. 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 [...]

    8. Delightful I read it as 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 NY Review of Books Club perfect timing with spring.

    9. 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 intellect into her reviews.

    10. 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 s intr [...]

    11. Simple and beautifully written essays with a central theme of seed catalogs It made me nostalgic for my childhood when I found seed catalogs were the most interesting magazine delivered to our farm With that said, I would not necessarily recommend this book to just anyone.There were plenty of great quotes throughout Though activities of the local garden club are generally benign and beneficial, the scene changes a bit when you get to the state level

    12. Rambling but fun I could read it again and enjoy it again, but there are so many unread books out there.

    13. since i was a copywriter for 11 years i was interested in the format of these essays truly enjoyedd the gardening wisdom was fantastic i will be buying this book.

    14. Katharine S White was an editor at the New Yorker for thirty four years Near the end of that job she began writing garden pieces in a column called Onward and Upward in the Garden, and over the next twelve years her series grew to fourteen pieces in print Katharine had become a well respected garden writer who researched thoroughly for each piece.Katharine was convinced by a writer friend that her garden essays were worthy of being published as a book, but it wasn t until after Katharine s death [...]

    15. Very interesting gardening book, but there are references to either nurseries which are no longer in business and plant varieties which are inferior to what is currently on the market That is one of the things which happens when you read a gardening book from the 60 s and 70 s If you are interested in antique heirloom varieties, then this has some information for you Katherine White s enthusiasm shines through At times I am sure she felt like Sysiphus trying to garden on the coast of Maine It se [...]

    16. Not much of gardener myself, living in a small apartment in a major city, many moments of this book gave me such a beautiful Wild Strawberries esque moments of spending time with my grandmother as a young boy and being hosed off afterwards and ruining my new shoes O the look on my mother s face It was with these feelings, I realized the depth of these essays and stories, it was if I was reading Proust or Barthes emotionally, but at the same time the content of what I m reading is Katharine S Whi [...]

    17. These essays were definitely outdated, talking a lot about the writing in garden catalogues Several topics were interesting, obsessions with gardens, picking out seeds, flower arrangements, cultural influences on gardens, etc.

    18. One only wishes that Katherine S White wife of E.B White and noted editor had written Her scholarship is impressive and her voice is personal, yet formal, in this collection of essays which are a compendium of garden facts, history, and seed catalogue and garden book reviews.

    19. This is about gardening and gardening books mostly seed and flower catalogs so why is it so entertaining A total delight, especially when she gets all het up over the rules for flower arranging I read before bed and it always put me to sleep happy.

    20. Collection of pieces written by Katharine White wrote for The New Yorker In 1958 she wrote the first of a series of fourteen garden pieces that appeared over the next twelve years Married to E B White the intro is written by him An essential book for gardeners and writers alike.

    21. great book thoroughly enjoyed her thoughts reflections on everything from gardening catalogs books to at the time modern flower arranging floral shows A wonderful glimpse into the world of gardening in the mid 20th century.

    22. I really enjoyed this, but reading it all at once can be a little dull It s easy to switch to another read in between sections of this one.

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