Naples Declared: A Walk Around the Bay

Naples Declared: A Walk Around the Bay

by Benjamin Taylor


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A lively, elegantly concise historic tour of Italy’s city by the bay

An invaluable addition to the art of literary travel writing, Naples Declared presents an informative and compulsively readable account of three thousand years of Naples history. From the catacombs of San Gennaro to the luminous paintings of Caravaggio to the ruins of Pompeii in nearby Campania, renowned author Benjamin Taylor takes readers on a stroll around the city Italians lovingly call Il Cratere. Gracefully written and full of good humor, wisdom, and amusing anecdotes, Naples Declared is a wholly original work that will be welcomed by anyone seeking to know more about the art, culture, and history of this fabled place.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143123460
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Benjamin Taylor is the author of two acclaimed novels—The Book of Getting Even and Tales Out of School—and the editor of Saul Bellow: Letters. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Chronology xiii

Map of Naples and Environs xxiv

Introduction: One Hundred Fifty Generations 1

1 From Pithekoussai 21

2 Four Europes 47

3 The Very True Truths 79

4 Particulars 107

5 Siren Calls, Siren Echoes 141

Conclusion: Lacrimae Rerum 165

Acknowledgments 183

Sources 185

Index 197

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