Beyond the Garden Gate: The Life of Celia Laighton Thaxter
Norma H. MandelCloth: $22.95
Beyond the Garden Gate is compelling reading . . . in fact I couldn't put the book down once I started it.
—Hortus: A Gardening Journal
More than 100 years after her death, Celia Thaxter remains one of New Hampshire's premier literary and artistic figures . . . Mandel's wide knowledge of the music, art and literature of Thaxter's times, her extensive research into primary sources, her clear affinity and admiration for Thaxter herself and, of course, the fact that Thaxter led an extraordinary life makes this an extraordinarily readable biography . . . Beyond the Garden Gate pulls back the parlor drapes on a life lived fully and courageously.
This groundbreaking book places Thaxter within the context of her time, and shows how she was active in the cultural life of Boston where she interacted with Emerson, Longfellow, and other leading figures.
—BellaOnline's Floral Design
NORMA MANDEL is a lecturer in the Education Program at Barnard College and was a contributor to One Woman’s Work: The Visual Art of Celia Laighton Thaxter. She received a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.