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|Named Person:||David Leavitt; David Leavitt|
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|Description:||176 pages ; 19 cm.|
|Series Title:||Writer and the city, 3.|
"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.
- Florence (Italy) -- Description and travel.
- Florence (Italy) -- Social life and customs.
- Leavitt, David, -- 1961- -- Homes and haunts -- Italy -- Florence.
- Gay men -- Italy -- Florence -- Biography.
- Leavitt, David, -- 1961-
- Gay men.
- Manners and customs.
- Italy -- Florence.