Venice : A Traveller’s Reader
by John Julius Norwich
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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Henry James wrote of Venice:”You have the desire to embrace her, to caress her, to possess her.”while Mark Twain found from St. Mark’s so uglyleaning on its long row of thick legs columns, its backs bulbed with domes, it seems like a big, wartly bug to take a meditative walk’.The reactions in Venice have been, through the ages, surprisingly different.John Julius Norwich has put together a superb anthology based on the writings of Byron, Goethe, Wagner, Casanova, Jan Morris, Robert Browning and Horace Walpole, among many others.The pieces of the range from the sixth century, when the beginning of the lagoon and the inhabitants lived “like seabirds in huts, built on heaps of wicker” to the exquisite city of the eighteenth century, the festive and nineteenth-century art lovers.The city’s many different forms are indicated that two of its citizens and visitors have seenThis magnificent volume from the Series Reader also contains maps, engravings and notes on history, art, architecture and everyday life in the city.
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