Italian Hours by Henry JamesItalian Hours by Henry James

Italian Hours

byHenry JamesIntroduction byJohn AuchardEditorJohn Auchard

Paperback | March 1, 1995

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"The charm of certain vacant grassy spaces, in Italy, overfrowned by masses of brickwork that are honeycombed by the suns of centuries, is something that I hereby renounce once for all the attempt to express; but you may be sure that whenever I mention such a spot enchantment lurks in it." —Henry James

In these essays on travels in Italy written from 1872 to 1909, Henry James explores art and religion, political shifts and cultural revolutions, and the nature of travel itself. James's enthusiastic appreciation of the unparalleled aesthetic allure of Venice, the vitality of Rome, and the noisy, sensuous appeal of Naples is everywhere marked by pervasive regret for the disappearance of the past and by ambivalence concerning the transformation of nineteenth-century Europe. John Auchard's lively introduction and extensive notes illuminate the surprising differences between the historical, political, and artistic Italy of James's travels and the metaphoric Italy that became the setting of some of his best-known works of fiction. This edition includes an appendix of James's book reviews on Italian travel-writing.

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Henry James (1843-1916), born in New York City, was the son of noted religious philosopher Henry James, Sr., and brother of eminent psychologist and philosopher William James. He spent his early life in America and studied in Geneva, London and Paris during his adolescence to gain the worldly experience so prized by his father. He live...
Title:Italian HoursFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.7 × 5 × 0.9 inPublished:March 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140435077

ISBN - 13:9780140435078

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


From Our Editors

After departing his American homeland in 1869, Henry James devoted much time to savouring and drawing inspiration form all the European continent had to offer. Paris' bright lights captivated him for more than a year, while London ultimately became his home. But Italy also held a special spot in his heart: a fact that is clearly demonstrated by the glowing impressions of the country that he expounds in Italian Hours. Engaging, and revealing James' keen eye for detail, this is travel writing at its very best.