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Florence, a delicate case

Author: David Leavitt
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2002.
Series: Writer and the city, 3.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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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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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Biography
Named Person: David Leavitt; David Leavitt
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Leavitt
ISBN: 1582342393 9781582342399
OCLC Number: 48507538
Description: 176 pages ; 19 cm.
Series Title: Writer and the city, 3.
Responsibility: David Leavitt.
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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."

"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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