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The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany (begins her life's work) at 72

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Toronto poet Molly Peacock has written a fascinating account of the life of Mary Granville Delany (1700-1788) :
 The Paper Garden. This biography and memoir of an extraordinary 18th century woman is as much an examination of late-life creativity. After the death of her second husband, when she was 72 years old, Mrs. Delany developed a new art form using scissors and paste -- mixed-media collage. Over the next ten years of her life she created over 900 botanically correct, extraordinary cut-paper flowers which are currently housed in the British Museum.
Molly Peacock has "woven parallels in her own life around the story of Mrs. Delany...which make this biography into an examination of the nature of creativity and art."