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Florence, a delicate case

Autore: David Leavitt
Editore: New York : Bloomsbury, 2002.
Serie: Writer and the city, 3.
Edizione/Formato:   book_printbook : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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"This account of expatriate life in the 'city of the lily' begins by asking why Florence has always proven to be such a popular destination for suicides, then moves into an analysis of what makes the city, in Henry James's words, such a 'delicate case' for locals and visitors alike."
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Genere/forma: Nonfiction
Biography
Persona incaricata: David Leavitt; David Leavitt
Tipo materiale: Biography
Tipo documento: Book
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: David Leavitt
ISBN: 1582342393 9781582342399
Numero OCLC: 48507538
Descrizione: 176 pages ; 19 cm.
Titolo della serie: Writer and the city, 3.
Responsabilità: David Leavitt.
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Abstract:

"This account of expatriate life in the 'city of the lily' begins by asking why Florence has always proven to be such a popular destination for suicides, then moves into an analysis of what makes the city, in Henry James's words, such a 'delicate case' for locals and visitors alike."

"Moving fleetly between present and past, Leavitt's narrative limns the history of the foreign colony from its origins in the middle of the nineteenth century until its demise under Mussolini, and considers the appeal of Florence to figures as diverge as Tchaikovsky, E.M. Forster, Ronald Firbank, Mary McCarthy, Mrs. Keppel (mistress to King Edward VII) and Henry Labouchere, author of the Labouchere Amendment, under the provisions of which Oscar Wilde was convicted.

Lesser-known episodes in Florentine history - the moving of Michelangelo's David, and the construction of temporary bridges by battalions of black American soldiers in the wake of the Second World War are contrasted with images of Florence today (its vast pizza parlours and tourist culture) as well as analyses of the city's portrayal in such novels and films as A Room with a View, The Portrait of a Lady and Tea with Mussolini."--Jacket.

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