Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante

Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante

by Lily Tuck
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Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a superb and very readable biography of Elsa Morante that really kindled my interest in Morante and Rome in the mid-20th Century. Tuck has a novelist's sharp eye for the most telling and delicious details and seems exceptionally well-matched to her subject. The B&N review above has a couple of quibbles I want to quibble with. First, it's obvious to me that this book never set out to be an exhaustive academic biography or a history of Rome during its cinematic heyday. Rather, Woman of Rome is a life that's elegantly, intelligently, and economically rendered. As such, it serves as a compelling introduction to an important--and intriguing-- writer, one who was on the brink of being forgotten in this country. Secondly, Woman of Rome most certainly DOES have footnotes--they're listed in the back of the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is more fiction created by the author than substantial scholarly work. To attempt to do a biography of such an important literary figure and then fantasize is an insult not only to the author but to the reader as well. As a Morante follower, I am very disappointed with Ms. Tuck's boasting about her connections and her audacity to think that she could get any interview she wanted. Do not bother with this. It is not worth your effort.