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“The Colorful Genesis of An Art

A review of
The Paper Garden:
An Artist Begins Her Life’s Work at 72

by Molly Peacock.

Review by Brittany Buczynski.

Paper Garden - Molly PeacockThe Paper Garden:
An Artist Begins Her Life’s Work at 72

Molly Peacock.
Hardback: Bloomsbury, 2011.
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It’s not often that the genesis of a new art form can be pinpointed. Who wrote the first rhyming couplet? Who composed the first symphony? Who first strung and twisted together yarn until it became a knitted whole? Most of these initial eureka moments are lost, even though the art they birthed could survive for thousands of years.

The Paper Garden has the rare honor of tracing the history behind an original art form, the craft we now know as paper collage, and with it the patchwork life of its elderly inventor, one Mrs. Mary Granville Pendarves Delany.

As if that circuitous name doesn’t give it away, Mrs. Delany led quite an eventful life, which is explored in detail in Molly Peacock’s lovingly rendered—and beautifully illustrated—history of the artist behind the work. Here are the basics, just to give a flavor of Mary’s impressive biography and the extensive research that the author had to do in retelling her life story.

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557592: The Bible: The Story of the King James Version, 1611-2011

A Brief Review of

The Bible:
The Story of the King James Version, 1611-2011

By Gordon Campbell.
Hardback: Oxford University Press

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Reviewed by Douglas Connelly.

This year, 2011, marks the 400th anniversary of the translation and publication of the most influential and widely used version of the Bible in history.  What we call “The King James Version,” or, more accurately, the Authorized Version was prepared under the direction of King James I, a British monarch who loved theology and who wanted God’s Word read from all the pulpits on English soil.  He assembled “a group of bishops and moderate puritans” and charged them with producing an English translation of the Bible that could be used in the churches to communicate God’s truth in the language of the people.

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553027: Jane Austen: Christian Encounters Series A Brief Review of

Jane Austen: Christian Encounters Series

Peter Leithart.
Paperback: Thomas Nelson, 2010.
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Reviewed by Chelsea Andres.

Peter Leithart, in his biography of Jane Austen for the “Christian Encounters” Series, offers a fine effort at relaying a poignant life. His work demonstrates no lack of research and study as he blends tidbits of Jane Austen’s personality with major facts about her life in a smooth-flowing biography. Leithart does an excellent job of showing Austen’s sardonic humor, which sets the tone in most of her novels. He also shows the progression of Austen’s publishing struggle and the valuable editing she did of her work in response. I am impressed by Leithart’s knowledge and study of Austen’s work. He is able to illustrate the complexities of her characters in spite of the seemingly simple stage of British countryside, the preferred setting of Austen’s work. Thus, this book is an accomplishment for Austen fans in that it reflects their literary hero in a funny and humanizing light.

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