The Stones of Florence

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A beloved tribute to Florence that blends history, artistic reflection, and keen social observation

Renowned for her sharp literary style, essayist and fiction writer Mary McCarthy offers a unique history of Florence, from its inception to the dominant role it came to play in the world of art, architecture, and Italian culture, that captures the brilliant Florentine spirit and revisits the legendary figures—Dante, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and others—who exemplify it so ...

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Overview

A beloved tribute to Florence that blends history, artistic reflection, and keen social observation

Renowned for her sharp literary style, essayist and fiction writer Mary McCarthy offers a unique history of Florence, from its inception to the dominant role it came to play in the world of art, architecture, and Italian culture, that captures the brilliant Florentine spirit and revisits the legendary figures—Dante, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and others—who exemplify it so iconically. Her most cherished sights and experiences color this timeless, graceful portrait of a city that's as famous as it is alluring.

A reissue of an art volume and an extended essay about Florence, which mingles history, visual description, and social observation.

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R.W.B. Lewis lived in Florence for many years, and The City of Florence: Historical Vistas and Personal Sightings (Owl: Holt. 1996. ISBN 0-8050-4630-5. pap. $17) is the result of his love affair with the city. Other good books about Florence's art, architecture, and people include Mary McCarthy's classic The Stones of Florence (Harvest: Harcourt. 2002. ISBN 0-15-602763-1. pap. $14). Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156027632
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/6/2003
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 261,589
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

MARY MCCARTHY (1912-1989) was a short-story writer, bestselling novelist, essayist, and critic. She was the author of The Stones of Florence and Birds of America, among other books.

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