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Title:
A traveller's companion to Venice
Author:
Norwich, John Julius, 1929-
Publication Information:
New York : Interlink Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xxxvi, 395 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
General Note:
Originally published as : Venice, a traveller's companion. UK : Constable & Co. Ltd, 1990.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781566564656
Format :
Book

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Summary

Bringing to life Florence's glorious history in first-hand accounts. Reactions to Venice have been, throughout the ages, astonishingly different. Henry James wrote passionately: "You desire to embrace it, to caress it, to possess it..." whereas Mark Twain found St. Mark's "so ugly...Propped on its long row of thick-legged columns, its back knobbed with domes, it seem like a vast, warty bug taking a medieval walk." In this dazzling anthology, James and Twain along with the writings of Byron, Goethe, Wagner, Casanova, Jan Morris, Robert Browning, and Horace Walpole, among many others, are all featured. Ranging from the days of the sixth century, when the early lagoon-dwellers lived "like sea-birds, in huts built on heaps of osiers" to the exquisite city of eighteenth-century revelers and nineteenth-century art lovers--the city's many different guises are revealed as its inhabitants and visitors saw them. This favorite volume from the Traveller's Companion series also contains maps, engravings, and notes on history, art and architecture, and everyday city life. Highly entertaining and informative.


Table of Contents

William WordsworthLord Byron
Illustrationsp. xxxiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxxv
Introductionp. 1
Map of the cityp. 28
Venice
Landfall
Early Beginnings
First Impressions
The Doges' Palace
The Basilica of St Mark
St Mark's Square and the Piazzetta
The Rialto
Palaces and Hotels
Churches
The Riva
The Arsenal
The Ghetto
The Grand Canal, Canals and Gondolas
The Lagoon and the Islands
Life, Customs and Morals in Venice
Music in Venice
Courtesans
Eating and Drinking
Ceremonies
Envoi
'Once did she hold the gorgeous East in fee'p. 372
'O, Venice! Venice!'p. 373
Bibliographyp. 375
Indexp. 381