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- DescriptionThe lily is a flower of contradictions. It represents both life and death, appearing at weddings and funerals. In their pure white form, lilies are a symbol of incence, chastity, and purity of heart, but in contrast, the highly fragrant and intensely colored orange lilies symbolize passion. In Lily, Marcia Reiss explores these paradoxes, tracing the flower's cultural significance in art, literature, religion and popular entertainment throughout history. Reiss journeys from the tomb carvings of ancient Egypt to the paintings of Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keeffe and Salvador Dali, exploring the lily as a subject of fascination and obsession. Unearthing many absorbing facts and fables about the blossom, she examines its use in cuisine and reveals them to have been a source of food and medicine in China for centuries. While Reiss focuses her attention on true lilies and the ornamental hybrids breeders have derived from them, she also provides extensive information about a wide variety of popular lilies, including daylilies, lilies of the valley, water lilies and calla lilies. Filled with striking illustrations of these gorgeous plants, Lily is a book for gardeners and lily admirers alike.
- Author BiographyMarcia Reiss is the author of many books on New York history and architecture. She has worked as a journalist, university professor, public official and advocate, and is an avid gardener.
- Author(s)Marcia Reiss
- PublisherReaktion Books
- Date of Publication18/07/2013
- Series TitleBotanical
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintReaktion Books
- Content Note50 colour, 50 black and white
- Weight567 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine21 mm
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