Celebrated author Molly Peacock will be reading from her new book, The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72 on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 at 8pm at the Alumni Memorial Lounge on the Fredericton campus of the University of New Brunswick.
Molly Peacock, a poet and a creative non-fiction writer, is the author of The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany
Begins Her Life's Work at 72 (2011), the life story of Mary Granville
Pendarves Delany, the beautiful and talented daughter of a minor branch of a
powerful family in the 18th century. Married at seventeen to a drunken, though
wealthy, sixty-one-year-old man in the interest of improving the family
fortunes, Mary would later cultivate a wide and influential group of friends,
developing her artistic abilities and pioneering the art form of mixed-media
collage in her wondrous cut-paper flowers. The 985 botanically accurate paper
flowers, known as Flora Delanica, are now kept in the British Museum. Peacock
explores the nature of creativity and art in this exceptional biography, and
the book itself is beautifully designed and features thirty-five full-colour
illustrations of Mary Delany's paper flowers.
Molly Peacock has also published
six books of poetry, including The Second Blush (2008), and Cornucopia:
New & Selected Poems (2002). Her poems have appeared in The New
Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, and The Best of
the Best American Poetry. Among her awards are Danforth Foundation, Ingram
Merrill Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts,
and New York State Council on the Arts Fellowships.