9780449910801

Desiring Italy

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  • ISBN13:

    9780449910801

  • ISBN10:

    0449910806

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1997-04-15
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books

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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION xi(6)
OVERTURES xvii(1)
Vita Sackville-West, Flora Lewis, Kate Simon, Erica Jong xvii
THE NORTH 5(179)
LOMBARDY
5(28)
MILAN
7(26)
Edith Wharton From Italian Backgrounds: Picturesque Milan
7(5)
Francine Prose "Cauliflower Heads"
12(21)
THE VENETO
33(46)
VENICE
35(44)
Mary Shelley
From Rambles in Germany and Italy: Letters from Venice
35(13)
Jan Morris
From The World of Venice: On Women
48(8)
Marcella Hazan
From The Classic Italian Cookbook: Preface, Italian Cooking: Where Does It Come From?, The Italian Art of Eating, Restaurants, The Bacaro Experience, Gelati
56(13)
Muriel Spark
Venice in Fall and Winter
69(10)
LIGURIA
79(16)
GENOA
81(7)
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
From Embassy to Constantinople: To Lady Mar--
81(7)
PORTOFINO
88(7)
Elizabeth von Arnim
From The Enchanted April: VI, VIII
88(7)
TUSCANY
95(68)
LUCCA
97(8)
Francesca Alexander
From Roadside Songs of Tuscany: The Ballad of Saint Zita, A Tuscan Lullaby
97(8)
FLORENCE
105(26)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
From Casa Guidi Windows: Casa Guidi Windows, Bellosguardo
105(6)
George Eliot
From Romola: Proem
111(9)
Mary McCarthy
From The Stones of Florence: V
120(11)
SIENA
131(11)
Kate Simon
From Italy: The Places in Between: Siena
131(11)
LA FOCE AND MONTEPULCIANO
142(21)
Iris Origo
From Images and Shadows: La Foce & from War in Val D'Orcia: An Italian War Diary 1943-1944
142(21)
UMBRIA
163(21)
CORTONA AND THE UMBRIAN APENNINES
165(8)
Lisa St. Aubin de Teran
From A Valley in Italy: The Many Seasons of a Villa in Umbria: I, VI
165(8)
ASSISI
173(11)
Patricia Hampl
Umbrian Spring
173(11)
ROME 184(95)
Florence Nightingale
From Florence Nightingale in Rome: Letter VI
184(3)
Margaret Fuller
From Dispatches from Europe to the New York Tribune, 1846-1850: Dispatch 14, Dispatch 19, Dispatch 30
187(11)
George Eliot
From Middlemarch: The Wedding Journey
198(26)
Edith Wharton
Roman Fever
224(14)
Eleanor Clark
From Rome and a Villa: Fountains
238(10)
Elizabeth Bowen
From A Time in Rome: The Smile
248(14)
Elizabeth Spencer
From The Light in the Piazza: Introduction & "The White Azalea"
262(17)
THE SOUTH 279(80)
NAPLES
279(24)
Rose Macaulay
From Pleasure of Ruins
281(7)
Shirley Hazzard
From The Bay of Noon: I, IV, VIII
288(15)
BASILICATA (LUCANIA)
303(24)
Ann Cornelisen
From Torregreca: Life, Death, Miracles: The Setting, A Night at San Fortunato, The Project Realized, Epilogue
305(22)
SICILY
327(32)
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
From The Islands of Italy: Sicily, Palermo
329(11)
Mary Taylor Simeti
From On Persephone's Island: A Sicilian Journal: Prologue, Winter
340(19)
FOR FURTHER READING 359(4)
PERMISSION ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 363

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