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Dianne Hales

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Ever since I was a girl, I had only one career goal: to write for a living. And so I have--more than a thousand articles for national publications, 15 trade books, 24 editions of the leading college health textbook.

Along the way I fell--madly, gladly, giddily--in love with Italian. Years of passionate study led to LA BELLA LINGUA: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language, which in turn led to many delightful consequences. Most unexpected: being knighted by the President of Italy!

My research in Florence led me to intriguing clues about the real woman in Leonardo da Vinci's iconic portrait, Mona (Madame) Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo. My new book, MONA LISA: A LIFE DISCOVERED, tells the story of Florence's most famous
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Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo


June 15, 1479 -- July 15, 1542


On a mid-June day in Florence in 1479, a midwifecalled a levatrice for her lifting (levare) of a baby into the light -- gently washed the newborn daughter of Antonmaria and Lucrezia Gherardini with warm white wine and swaddled her tightly in linen. Only her pink rosebud face peeked out from her wrappings when her father took the price...

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“many diverse people of intelligence and refinement, outside Italy no less than within Italy, devote much effort and study to learning and speaking our language for no reason but love.” These acolytes included Elizabeth I of England, Francis I of France, and Emperor Charles V, who once declared, “I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.” John”
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Dianne Hales Frances wrote: "I thought Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend and her The Story of a New Name were brilliant. I bought the as-yet untranslated third volume of the trilogy in Italian. Storia di chi fugue e di chi ..."

Frances wrote: "I thought Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend and her The Story of a New Name were brilliant. I bought the as-yet untranslated third volume of the trilogy in Italian. Storia di chi fugue e di chi ..."

I agree and I look forward to the other two volumes. You've inspired me: I want to go back and read My Brilliant Friend in Italian!


Frances Mayes I thought Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend and her The Story of a New Name were brilliant. I bought the as-yet untranslated third volume of the trilogy in Italian. Storia di chi fugue e di chi resta. It's difficult for me!


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