Stonypath Days: Letters from Ian Hamilton Finlay to Stephen Bann 1970-72


ISBN: 9781908524720
Artist(s): Ian Hamilton Finlay
Author(s): Stephen Bann
Format: hardback
Year published: 2016
Publisher: Wilmington Square Books
Total Pages: 224

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Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) was a leading Scottish poet, artist, sculptor and garden designer. His garden at Stonypath, now called ‘Little Sparta’ has been described as ‘the only truly original garden created since 1945’.

These letters to (and from) Finlay’s friend, the English poet and scholar, Stephen Bann, centre on the initial development of the garden at Stonypath, near Edinburgh, later to become the world renowned ‘Little Sparta’. They cover Finlay’s turn away from poetry towards sculpture and garden design, and the thinking behind, and consequences of, this development.

This book, edited, introduced and annotated by Bann himself as was Midway, its companion volume of letters, completes the portrait of the man who is now recognized not only as a great poet, but also as a major artist and one of the most original garden designers of modern times.

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