Italy in Mind: An Anthology

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Comprised of short stories, novel excerpts, essays, poetry journals and letters, this work will delight anyone who loves Italy or great travel writing. Pieces include Barbara Grizzuti Harrison marveling at baroque Sicilian confections, Mary McCarthy celebrating Venice's threadbare dignity, and Henry James's Isabel Archer succumbing to the treacherous antiquities of Florence.
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Overview

Comprised of short stories, novel excerpts, essays, poetry journals and letters, this work will delight anyone who loves Italy or great travel writing. Pieces include Barbara Grizzuti Harrison marveling at baroque Sicilian confections, Mary McCarthy celebrating Venice's threadbare dignity, and Henry James's Isabel Archer succumbing to the treacherous antiquities of Florence.
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Library Journal
In her collection of 19th- and 20th-century British and American authors writing about Italy, Powers (The Brooklyn Reader, LJ 12/93) has chosen the somber, brooding poetry of the RomanticsRobert Browning, Byron, and Shelleyand the self-reflective contemporary verses of Joseph Brodsky, Richard Wilbur, and Charles Wright. She represents the American and British confrontation with Italian manners through two short stories (by Malamud and Wharton) and in excerpts from the fiction of Forster, James, and John Mortimer, among others. Conversely, Cahill (Wise Women, LJ 5/1/96), whose selections are exclusively by women, has included the ballads of Francesca Alexander and a poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Focusing on the effect of Italy's sensual pageant on visitors' emotional and psychological makeup, she selects the fiction of Francine Prose, Elizabeth von Arnim, and Shirley Hazzard. Travel literature forms the largest segment of both anthologies. Both collections preface each entry with bio-bibliographical information, but Cahill adds, as epilog "for the literary traveler," a fascinating contemporary walking tour of the places mentioned in each selection. She also includes a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. These complementary anthologies are fine additions to the travel collections of public libraries and academic collections supporting the travel literature genre.Lonnie Weatherby, McGill Univ. Lib., Montreal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679770237
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Series: Vintage Departures Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 653,210
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
"Cassino, Once Thriving, Is Turned Into a Scene of Unrelieved Grimness" (Cassino) 3
from Profane Friendship (Venice) 10
"December in Florence" (Florence) 15
Letter to Mrs. Ogilvy (Northern Italy) 20
"Up at a Villa - Down in the City" 25
"On Rome" (Rome) 30
"To the Hon. Douglas Kinnaird" (Venice) 31
from The Uncle from Rome (Naples) 33
"Poems from Italy" 46
"Fountains" (Rome) 50
from Women of the Shadows (Sicily) 60
"Genoa and Its Neighbourhood" (Genoa) 69
"Erice" (Sicily) 78
Journals from Italy (Rome, Bologna, Padua, Venice) 92
"In Santa Croce with No Baedeker" 99
from The Islands of Italy (Sicily) 114
from A Farewell to Arms (The Italian Lakes) 123
from A Bell for Adano (Sicily) 130
"The Art of Arrangement" 143
from The Portrait of a Lady (Florence) 153
"To Sorgono" (Sardinia) 169
"Vespucci Territory: 1987" (Florence) 177
"The Maid's Shoes" (Rome) 187
"The Loot" (Venice) 202
"Venice Preserved" (Venice) 208
"Venice" 213
"In a Bye-Canal" (Venice) 214
"In a Church of Padua" (Padua) 215
"On Italian Time" 216
from Summer's Lease (Tuscany) 220
"The Queen of the Bogs" (Milan) 237
from The English Patient (Tuscany) 247
"Residenza" (Verona) 253
from The Stones of Venice (Venice) 261
"Stanzas Written in Dejection, Near Naples" (Naples) 267
from On Persephone's Island (Sicily) 269
"For Women" 280
from The Volcano Lover (Naples) 286
"San Sano" (Tuscany) 292
"Defying Mrs. Tweedie" (Sicily) 300
"The Buried City of Pompeii" (Naples) 309
"The City Today" (Venice) 318
"Roman Fever" (Rome) 324
"A Baroque Wall-Fountain in the Villa Sciarra" (Rome) 340
"Roma I" (Rome) 344
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