Desiring Italy Women Writers Celebrate the Passions of a Country and Culture

ISBN-10: 0449910806

ISBN-13: 9780449910801

Edition: N/A

Authors: Susan Cahill

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Under the spell of la dolce vita . . . For centuries Italy has been many things to many people. In this brilliant anthology and traveler's companion, twenty-eight first-rate women writers reveal why the land that is the heart and soul of European civilization is so seductive to women. Kate Simon walks us through a Siena filled with surprises and luminous beauty. Elizabeth Spencer writes of first coming to Italy and finding "home." Shirley Hazzard explores the mysteries of Naples. Muriel Spark writes on Venice, Edith Wharton on Rome, George Eliot on Florence, Barbara Grizzuti Harrison on San Gimignano, Patricia Hampl on Assisi. Other wonderful writers contemplate the idiosyncratic glories of Italy's architecture, cooking, art, and landscape; its culture; its places and people. As these writers tell their stories--in fiction, memoir, and essay--of coming to understand Italy, they explore the complexity of their passions for it, mingling affection and ecstasy with intellectual curiosity. Organized geographically--from northern Italy to Rome and on to the south, Desiring Italy offers an enchanting journey for readers and travelers.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/15/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682

Susan Cahill is Assistant Professor in the School of Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Introduction
Overtures: Vita Sackville-West, Flora Lewis, Kate Simon, Erica Jong
From Italian Backgrounds: Picturesque Milan
"Cauliflower Heads"
From Rambles in Germany and Italy: Letters from Venice
From The World of Venice: On Women
From The Classic Italian Cookbook: Preface, Italian Cooking: Where Does It Come From?, The Italian Art of Eating, Restaurants, The Bacaro Experience, Gelati
Venice in Fall and Winter
From Embassy to Constantinople: To Lady Mar-
From The Enchanted April: VI, VIII
From Roadside Songs of Tuscany: The Ballad of Saint Zita, A Tuscan Lullaby
From Casa Guidi Windows: Casa Guidi Windows, Bellosguardo
From Romola: Proem
From The Stones of Florence: V
From Italy: The Places in Between: Siena
From Images and Shadows: La Foce and from War in Val D'Orcia: An Italian War Diary 1943-1944
From A Valley in Italy: The Many Seasons of a Villa in Umbria: I, VI
Umbrian Spring
From Florence Nightingale in Rome: Letter VI
From Dispatches from Europe to the New York Tribune, 1846-1850: Dispatch 14, Dispatch 19, Dispatch 30
From Middlemarch: The Wedding Journey
Roman Fever
From Rome and a Villa: Fountains
From A Time in Rome: The Smile
From The Light in the Piazza: Introduction and "The White Azalea"
From Pleasure of Ruins
From The Bay of Noon: I, IV, VIII
From Torregreca: Life, Death, Miracles: The Setting, A Night at San Fortunato, The Project Realized, Epilogue
From The Islands of Italy: Sicily, Palermo
From On Persephone's Island: A Sicilian Journal: Prologue, Winter
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