The Stones Of Florence

Paperback | November 4, 2002

byMary McCarthy

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A beloved tribute to Florence that blends history, artistic reflection, and keen social observation Renowned for her sharp literary style, essayist and fiction writer Mary McCarthy offers a unique history of Florence, from its inception to the dominant role it came to play in the world of art, architecture, and Italian culture, that captures the brilliant Florentine spirit and revisits the legendary figures-Dante, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and others-who exemplify it so iconically. Her most cherished sights and experiences color this timeless, graceful portrait of a city that's as famous as it is alluring.

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A beloved tribute to Florence that blends history, artistic reflection, and keen social observation Renowned for her sharp literary style, essayist and fiction writer Mary McCarthy offers a unique history of Florence, from its inception to the dominant role it came to play in the world of art, architecture, and Italian culture, that ca...

MARY MCCARTHY (1912-1989) was a short-story writer, bestselling novelist, essayist, and critic. She was the author of The Stones of Florence and Birds of America, among other books.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 7.87 × 7.85 × 0.64 inPublished:November 4, 2002Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0156027631

ISBN - 13:9780156027632

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It becomes evident from the first page of The Stones of Florence that Mary McCarthy loves her subject. Yet hers is the steady love of a long acquaintance, an affection that has deepened from mere infatuation to a steady, clear-eyed regard. In this witty tribute to Florence, Mary McCarthy explores the city's past and present, in the process offering up a tour that covers everything from a description of oil painting to the remarkable history behind Florence's many towers. The Stones of Florence is ideal for reading on the plane ride to Italy, but it's also perfect for armchair travelers, art lovers, and students of the Renaissance.