Ancient Shore: Dispatches from Naples

Ancient Shore: Dispatches from Naples

by Shirley Hazzard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226322025

ISBN-13: 2900226322024

Pub. Date: 10/15/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Born in Australia, Shirley Hazzard first moved to Naples as a young woman in the 1950s to take up a job with the United Nations. It was the beginning of a long love affair with the city. The Ancient Shore collects the best of Hazzard's writings on Naples, along with a classic New Yorker essay by her late husband, Francis Steegmuller. For the pair, both insatiable

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Born in Australia, Shirley Hazzard first moved to Naples as a young woman in the 1950s to take up a job with the United Nations. It was the beginning of a long love affair with the city. The Ancient Shore collects the best of Hazzard's writings on Naples, along with a classic New Yorker essay by her late husband, Francis Steegmuller. For the pair, both insatiable readers, the Naples of Pliny, Gibbon, and Auden is constantly alive to them in the present.

With Hazzard as our guide, we encounter Henry James, Oscar Wilde, and of course Goethe, but Hazzard's concern is primarily with the Naples of our own time-often violently unforgiving to innocent tourists, but able to transport the visitor who attends patiently to its rhythms and history. Beautifully illustrated by photographs from such masters as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Herbert List. The Ancient Shore is a lyrical letter to a lifelong love: honest and clear-eyed, yet still fervently, endlessly enchanted.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900226322024
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
144

Table of Contents

Introduction Italian Hours 1

Pt. I Shirley Hazzard

Pilgrimage 13

A Scene of Ancient Fame 25

In the Shadow of Vesuvius 35

City of Secrets and Surprises 49

Naples Redux: An Ancient City Arrayed for the G-7 59

Pt. II Francis Steegmuller

The Incident at Naples 73

Coda. Shirley Hazzard

Pondering Italy 125

Photo Credits 129

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