Elizabeth Lawson is a naturalist and writer and holds a doctorate in botany. She lives in Ithaca, New York.
"Primrose is full of fascinating historical information. . .
. The book certainly broadened my perspective on the history of
primroses. It is delightful reading. I urge you to delve into this
well researched and informative book. . . . Your next walk down the
primrose path will give you a whole new appreciation for the
primula species."-- "Journal of the American Primrose Society"
"Lawson's book is graced with over 100 other splendidly reproduced illustrations: botanical paintings of individual plants, photographs, herbarium sheets, electron micrographs, handwritten letters with line drawings, portraits of primrose breeders and historians, and posters from popular culture incorporating the flower. Around and among these visual delights are striking condensations of history and biography. . . . Authorial joy permeates our richly illustrated verbal travels from Scotland to Turkey to Tibet to the one South American primrose. This labor of love includes a comprehensive index, a list of associations and websites, an excellent bibliography, 20 pages of references, and a superb timeline. . . . Primrose is the newest addition to the Botanical series from Reaktion Books Ltd. As for the phrase from Hamlet reused by so many--perhaps most movingly by Oscar Wilde in De Profundis--'the primrose path' is explored both metaphorically and literally in Lawson's finely written book. I leave you, dear reader, your own pleasurable adventures with her through its host of colors and meanings."-- "North American Rock Garden Society, Book of the Month"
"Reaktion Books' Botanical series continues to impress. Primrose is yet another triumph to add to the growing collection. This is a well-written, profusely illustrated, plethora of primulacean pulchritude, anecdotes, and cultural history: Read it!"-- "Botany One"
"This comprehensive treatment of the botanical genus Primula is part of the Reaktion's Botanical series, which integrates plant groups' horticultural and botanical information with social and cultural information about the group. Primroses are among the most important garden flowers, particularly in Europe. . . . The book is beautifully crafted, rich with colorful illustrations, and written in a straightforward style that includes many anecdotes. Recommended."-- "Choice"