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Posted August 16, 2008
A Fascinating Life
This is a superb and very readable biography of Elsa Morante that really kindled my interest in Morante and Rome in the mid-20th Century. Tuck has a novelist's sharp eye for the most telling and delicious details and seems exceptionally well-matched to her subject. The B&N review above has a couple of quibbles I want to quibble with. First, it's obvious to me that this book never set out to be an exhaustive academic biography or a history of Rome during its cinematic heyday. Rather, Woman of Rome is a life that's elegantly, intelligently, and economically rendered. As such, it serves as a compelling introduction to an important--and intriguing-- writer, one who was on the brink of being forgotten in this country. Secondly, Woman of Rome most certainly DOES have footnotes--they're listed in the back of the book!
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