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Venetian Life

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  9 ratings  ·  3 reviews thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition. One night at the little theatre in Padua, the ticket-seller gave us the stage-box (of which he made a great merit), and so we saw the play and the byplay. The prompter, as noted from our point of view, bore a chief part in the drama (as indeed the prompter always does in the Italian ...more
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Published December 2nd 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 1866)
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As a young man, William Dean Howells spent four years as US consul in Venice (arriving in 1862) when it was under Austrian rule.

Fortunately for him, those were not yet the days of mass tourism, and he was able to stroll around the city, go for swims in the Grand Canal from the front steps of his house, take his boat out and visit the other islands in the lagoon at leisure, taking in the sights, sounds and smells and observing people of all strata of society undisturbed. As apparently he had ver
First published in 1866, this is a look at Venice at a time before central heating and electricity. The author devotes himself to providing a true picture of Venice and Italy, even to the point of making fun of his own prejudices as a tourist. In one sentence he bemoans the lack of creature comforts, such as heated houses and doors that actually function, while in the next he writes about the beauty of his surroundings. I can just picture the poor guy, warming his hands over an oil lamp so he ca ...more
This is Venice in 1866 as observed by a young American diplomat - and later acclaimed author W.D. Howells. But I appreciated and loved it for its is wonderful to read - to learn what is, and is not still 'there'; to read that even in 1866 the winter chill keeps everyone sniffling w/ handkerchief to nose! I'm so happy I found this.. and I 'found' it on the bookshelves of my host as we spent the Christmas of 2010 in Venice!!
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Willam Dean Howells was a novelist, short story writer, magazine editor, and mentor who wrote for various magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and Harper's Magazine.

In January 1866 James Fields offered him the assistant editor role at the Atlantic Monthly. Howells accepted after successfully negotiating for a higher salary, but was frustrated by Fields's close supervision. Howells was made e
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