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Rose Lore: Essays in Cultural History and Semiotics

About the author:

     Frankie Hutton is a historian, former journalist and collegiate professor. She taught history and mass media at Howard University, Montclair State University and Bowie State University. She is the author of The Early Black Press in America and other scholarly books. She founded the Rose Project in 2008. For more information, visit

About the book:

      Written by scholars and researchers from diverse backgrounds, the essays in Rose Lore are a rendering of global cultural history, literature, and metaphysics, woven together in a collection that will be valuable to several disciplines. The essays present numerous qualities of the rose as a symbol with broad cultural, social, and historical meanings: from astrology, to the history of Catholicism, to the new anti-Female Genital Mutilation global movement.

     After the Hiroshima bombing, Dr. Tomin Harada created a “peace rose” to disseminate worldwide and erase hatred among humankind. Its aroma, representing love and peace, continues to bring comfort to survivors. This fascinating book unmasks the covert but powerful cultural symbolism of an extraordinary flower.
                                                 —Yuki Tanaka, author of Japan's Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and Prostitution during World War II and the U.S. Occupation
   This compelling study of the rose in varied cultures, literary traditions, religions, and philosophies…presents the far-reaching significance of a familiar bloom and reminds us how our casual enjoyment should include the beauty and magnificence that have influenced our lives and thought in innumerable ways.
                                                        —Daryl Cumber Dance, University of Richmond

      Frankie Hutton’s excellent presentation unfolds the powerful message of the rose, making an original contribution to cultural studies and the humanities.
                                                       —Margarita del Olmo, Spanish Council for Scientific Research