Illustrated throughout with photographs and colour illustrations as well as fascinating biographical information, the book takes readers through Cornell's life (1903-73) to discover how he transformed everyday objects into enchanted masterpieces. Where did he get his inspiration from? What makes these boxes so intriguing? What kinds of feelings do they inspire? A detailed exploration of specific pieces; guidelines for recognizing and appreciating Cornell's art, and step-by-step instructions for creating a Cornell box of your own make this book an irresistible experience for the Joseph Cornell in all of us.