The City of Florence: Historical Vistas and Personal Sightings

R. W. B. Lewis, Author
R. W. B. Lewis, Author Farrar Straus Giroux $27.5 (351p) ISBN 978-0-374-12404-5
Paperback - 364 pages - 978-0-8050-4630-4
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With the same grace and scholarship that marked his recent Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Edith Wharton, Lewis takes us into the heart of the city where he and his wife have lived off and on for 50 years. Their experiences in Florence come alive in his descriptions of the places they have rented, their friends, their explorations and their reflections. The author also shows off the city with quotes from Henry James, T.S. Eliot, the Brownings, Bocaccio, Dante and other writers and artists who have been similarly touched by its ambience. While he was working on the book, Lewis informs us, ``even a simple bus ride into the center carries me past strong historical and personal associations... [that] we know we have seen before... [yet] we look at as though for the first time.'' His fresh view of the city on the Arno makes this a treasurable guide. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Mar.)
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