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Tuscan Cities: Travels Through the Heart of Old Italy
     

Tuscan Cities: Travels Through the Heart of Old Italy

by William Dean Howells
 

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"It was their lovely ways, far more than their monuments, that made the Florentines delightful. I would rather have had a perpetuity of the cameriere's smile than Donatello's San Giorgio." Tuscany is arguably the most alluring and iconic region of Italy. It is a place of breathtaking natural beauty, imbued with an ancient and rich cultural heritage that, as Shelley

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"It was their lovely ways, far more than their monuments, that made the Florentines delightful. I would rather have had a perpetuity of the cameriere's smile than Donatello's San Giorgio." Tuscany is arguably the most alluring and iconic region of Italy. It is a place of breathtaking natural beauty, imbued with an ancient and rich cultural heritage that, as Shelley's 'paradise of exiles', has inspired centuries of artists, scientists writers, poets and travellers. For William Dean Howells, American Consul to Venice for four years, Italy was the country that fashioned his prose and fostered his love of travel. One winter he travelled the length and breadth of Tuscany, from Florence and Fiesole to Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Pistoia and Prato. Immersing himself in all things Tuscan, he describes in compelling detail the daily life - funerals and weddings, military marches and lovers' trysts - of a place that was bursting with life and endlessly fascinating to him. He muses on the character of the Italians that he meets, revelling in their sense of drama, their sentimentality and impulsiveness and vividly resurrects the artistic, tempestuous, world-changing history of Tuscany, from its mysterious, ancient beginnings to the birth of the Renaissance and its status as cultural soul of Italy. Tuscan Cities, a passionate Italophile's glowing tribute, cannot fail to inspire anyone who has ever travelled to or loved Tuscany as Howells did.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857731609
Publisher:
I.B.Tauris
Publication date:
08/30/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

William Dean Howells (1837-1920), writer, critic and pioneer of the American realist school, was one of the most influential writers of American fiction during the last quarter of the 19th century. A lifelong friend of Mark Twain and a contemporary of Hawthorne, Thoreau, and Emerson, Howells' own literary career took off with his novel, A Modern Instance, but The Rise of Silas Lapham is his best-known work. Widely acknowledged as the "American Dean of Letters," Howells was one of the first seven chosen for membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, of which he later became president, and which instituted its Howells Medal for Fiction in 1915.

Matthew Stevenson is a former editor at Harper's magazine. He remains a contributing editor to Harper's and writes for several other publications including American Scholar, Vanity Fair and the American Spectator. He is also author of Mentioned in Dispatches.

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