New England: Myth or Reality?
The six states known as New England have been romaticized in art and literature for more than 200 years, creating a reality that is touched by myth. How has this myth-making affected the region? Edie Clark, a longtime writer for Yankee Magazine, focuses on the work of Robert Frost, Norman Rockwell, Wallace Nutting, and more recently, Yankee magazine. These and others have created such a distinct picture of New England that even the current inhabitants of the region have a hard time knowing whether what they see all around them is real or imagined.
Edie Clark has written a monthly column about her life, her home, and her garden for Yankee magazine for more than twenty years. Writing personal essays and maintaining one’s privacy are sometimes mutually exclusive. Readers are essentially invited into her home, her garden, and her life by virtue of the column’s appearance in the magazine. Of Clark’s work, novelist Howard Frank Mosher writes, “Ms. Clark shows us how the small and large satisfactions of living close to nature can inform a life with grace, meaning, and beauty.” In this presentation Clark talks about the process of writing from home and reads from her work.