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Humans have long turned to gardens-both real and imaginary-for sanctuary from the frenzy and tumult that surrounds them. With Gardens, Robert Pogue Harrison graces readers with a thoughtful, wide-ranging examination of the many ways gardens evoke the human condition. Moving from the gardens of ancient philosophers to the gardens of homeless people in contemporary New York, he shows how, again and again, the garden has served as a check against the destruction and losses of history.
Robert Pogue Harrison is the Rosina Pierotti Professor of Italian Literature at Stanford University. He is the author of four books, including Forests: The Shadow of Civilization and The Dominion of the Dead, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
Table of Contents
The Vocation of Care
The Human Gardener
"Mon jardin à moi"
The Garden School of Epicurus
Boccaccio's Garden Stories
Monastic, Republican, and Princely Gardens
A Note on Versailles
On the Lost Art of Seeing
The Paradise Divide: Islam and Christianity
Men Not Destroyers
The Paradox of the Age
From The Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio
From Mr. Palomar, Italo Calvino
"The Garden," Andrew Marvell
A Note on Islamic Carpet Gardens
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