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Flower Diary
In Which Mary Hiester Reid Paints, Travels, Marries & Opens a Door
By (author): Molly Peacock
9781770416222 Hardcover, Dust jacket English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers Mid-Atlantic States Sep 14, 2021
$34.95 CAD
Forthcoming 5.25 x 8.25 in 356 pages 15 Colour illustrations15 illustrations, colour ECW Press

Molly Peacock uncovers the history of neglected painter Mary Hiester Reid, a trailblazing artist who refused to choose between marriage and a career.

Molly Peacock looks at the balancing act of female creativity and domesticity in the life of Mary Hiester Reid, a painter who produced over three hundred stunning, emotive floral still lifes and landscapes. Born in the U.S. in 1854, trained by libertine Thomas Eakins, Mary trailblazed in a life where she fought for her place as a professional artist without having to live as a tragic heroine.

She married George A. Reid, a prominent Canadian painter, and moved with him to Toronto, though she kept a studio in the Catskill Mountains. But it was the Edwardian age, and while their relationship was more equal than most, it was Mary’s place to manage the domestic scene. So, how do you find the time to paint when you need to get to the market to buy a chicken for dinner? And how do you manage a marriage when your art student becomes your rival?

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Mary fought for a place as a professional artist without having to live as a tragic heroine. She married George Reid, Canadian muralist, and while their relationship was more equal than most, this was still the Edwardian age. How do you find time to paint when you need to get to the market to buy a chicken for dinner?


Sales and Market Bullets



  • Coincides with major retrospective exhibition of Mary Hiester Reid at the AGO and 100th anniversary of the artist’s death.

  • Mary Hiester Reid, born near Philadelphia, lived in both Toronto and the Catskill Mountains, rubbing shoulders with many of the era’s movers and shakers, from Tiffany associate Candace Wheeler, mother of American Arts and Crafts, to Parisian Art Nouveau giant Eugène Grasset.

  • Molly Peacock is an internationally renowned poet and spearhead of the original Poetry in Motion in New York City.

  • Molly Peacock’s The Paper Garden received starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist and was praised by the New York Times Book Review and the Washington Post and named a Book of the Year by The Economist.

  • A trailblazing artist and feminist looks at the life of Mary Hiester Reid, a woman who opened the door to marriage and art and, as a result, became the most productive painter with the most ambiguously scandalous life you’ve never heard of.

  • Molly Peacock’s The Paper Garden was published by Scribe in Australia and Bloomsbury in the U.K. Named a best book of the year by The Irish Times, Sunday Mail Brisbane, and The London Evening Standard, and positively reviewed by Vogue Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, and The Financial Times.


Audience



  • Readers of The Paper Garden

  • Gift buyers for Christmas, Mother’s Day, birthdays, etc.

  • Those interested in art, Canadian artists, the revival of Canadian female artists

  • Public radio listeners

  • Readers of The New Yorker (and people who just carry around the tote bag)

  • People who watched and enjoyed Portrait of a Lady on Fire

  • Members of art galleries across North America

  • Politically savvy women 25–40 who are thinking about art and feminism politically

  • Readers of The Cut

Biographer and distinguished poet Molly Peacock is the author of The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72, as well as seven volumes of poetry, including The Analyst: Poems. She is an arts activist and, with a friend, started what became a cultural institution in New York City: Poetry in Motion on the subways and buses. A former Leon Levy Center for Biography Fellow and a dual American/Canadian citizen, Molly divides her time between Toronto and New York City.

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