Reading the French Garden

Reading the French Garden

Story and History

By Denise Le Dantec and Jean-Pierre Le Dantec

Translated by Jessica Levine





Alternating discursive accounts with fictional vignettes that recreate time and place, this book skillfully integrates the history of French gardens with the modern history of ideas.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262121446 282 pp. | 7 in x 8 in


$25.00 X ISBN: 9780262620871 282 pp. | 7 in x 8 in


Jessica Levine.


  • "The authors skillfully blend history and philosophy, sciences and novelistic invention into an intoxicating mixture. The result is completely successful: One can smell the rich fields of medieval Europe, view the preoccupied flight of bees long dead, and muse over the creation of that most artificial of natural worlds, the garden." Leighton W. Klein, The Bloomsbury Review

  • Reading the French Garden focuses on ideas that are essential to garden history: how gardens were perceived rather than simply laid out, how gardens of the past may be viewed differently by contemporaries and by later historians, the cultural determination of garden style—its social and intellectual uses.

    John Dixon Hunt