• Gardens of Heaven and Earth

    By Kristin King

    Gardens of Heaven and Earth is a lyrical study that explores the roles that gardens have played in delighting and sustaining the human condition throughout the ages. This short work investigates the various meanings gardens have had for the eighteenth-century Swedish philosopher and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg and what meanings they might hold in turn for his readers. Read more

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A unique and discursive history of gardens and their significance across a wide range of cultures, Gardens of Heaven and Earth explores the meanings behind our efforts to maintain, manipulate and ornament our environment. Drawing particular inspiration from the work of the eighteenth-century Swedish philosopher and mystic Emanuel Swedenborg, this book explores the symbolism of gardens and their use—by Swedenborg and by others—as a metaphor for a model of heaven.

Gardens of Heaven and Earth is a lyrical study that investigates the nature of experience, the limitations of language and ideas of the garden as both a relationship to be experienced and as a symbolic language to be read. Discussing gardens in relation to the life and writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, this short work brings a fresh perspective to the roles that gardens have played in delighting and sustaining the human condition throughout the ages.

This volume is augmented by three black-and white-illustrations and also contains a chronology of Swedenborg’s life and works, an inventory of Swedenborg’s own garden in Stockholm, a bibliography, and an index.

About the Author

Kristin King has been a professor of English literature and writing at several institutions of higher learning, most recently at Bryn Athyn College, Pennsylvania, where she is currently president. She is the author of works on Robert Frost, John Milton, William Shakespeare, Henry James, and Emanuel Swedenborg, among others.

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“Read it slowly and savor it. It is a poetic and far-ranging study.”

—Josephine Appelgren, Things Heard and Seen

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