Venice Desired

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The city of Venice has fascinated authors and artists since at least the Renaissance. This new book by British scholar Tanner ( Jane Austen , LJ 10/15/86; Adultery and the Novel , LJ 1/15/80) offers a witty, erudite, and often exuberant examination of Venice in the 19th- and early 20th-century literary imagination. Centering on Lord Byron, John Ruskin, Henry James, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Marcel Proust, and Ezra Pound, and clarifying their influence on one another, Tanner traces the perception of Venice as an ambiguous object of desire, both aesthetic and erotic, both tempting and dangerous. He also glances at Rilke, Mann, and Sartre. An important contribution that is informative, insightful, and entertaining.-- T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.
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Meet the Author

Tony Tanner was Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Cambridge.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 Introduction: Some Exquisite Sea-Thing 1
2 Lord Byron: A Sea Cybele 17
3 John Ruskin: This Sea-Dog of Towns 67
4 Henry James: Perpetual Architecture, perpetual fluidity 157
5 Hugo von Hofmannsthal: Because the People There Were Always Masked 210
6 Marcel Proust: Threefold and Unique 228
7 Ezra Pound: The White Forest of Marble 269
8 Conclusion: A Shore of Farewells 349
Notes 369
Index 380
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