ATG Quirkies: Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium: Pure Poetry

Emily Dickinson had another passion besides poetry. At least, that’s according to a post by Maria Popova on the BrainPicking’s website.

“In an era when the scientific establishment barred and bolted its gates to women, botany allowed Victorian women to enter science through the permissible backdoor of art, most famously in Beatrix Potter’s scientific drawings of mushrooms and Margaret Gatty’s stunning illustrated classification of seaweed. Across the Atlantic, this art-science adventure in botany found an improbable yet impassioned practitioner in one of humanity’s most beloved and influential poets: Emily Dickinson…”

And for those really interested,  Ms. Popova notes that, “Harvard has digitized Dickinson’s herbarium in its totality” and recommends Judith Farr’s  “altogether wonderful book” The Gardens of Emily Dickinson

P.S. Dickinson fans might also want to check out Emily Dickinson Museum Recreates Original Conservatory Where Poet Was Inspired.

Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies

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