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Woman of Rome

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The first biography in any language of one of the most celebrated Italian writers of the twentieth century.

Born in 1912 to an unconventional family of modest means, Elsa Morante grew up with an independent spirit, a formidable will, and an unshakable commitment to writing. Forced to hide from the Fascists during World War II in a remote mountain hut with her husband, renow
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ebook, 288 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2008)
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Sarah Beth
"People, Elsa Morante always claimed, were essentially divided into three categories: there was Achilles, the man who lived out his passions; there was Don Quixote, the man who lived out his dreams. and, finally, there was Hamlet, the man who questioned everything. Moravia, in her opinion, was part Hamlet and part Achilles; she herself was all Don Quixote" (p.61).

It's little wonder why Lily Tuck was drawn to write the first biography of Elsa Morante, one of the most celebrated writers in Italy d
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KOMET
Several years ago, when I was perusing the shelves in the fiction section of the downtown BORDERS, I came across the novel "History" by Elsa Morante. She was a writer that I had, hitherto, never heard of. But the subject matter of the novel caught my interest, and so I bought it.

This particular book I purchased earlier this year because I wanted to know something more about this woman. And in that respect, Lily Tuck does a thoroughly good job of providing the reader with the particulars of Elsa
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Cynthia Clough
I read this book last week in practically a single sitting. Was one of the most compelling biographies I've read in some time, examining the dark life of this most important of female Italian novelists. I appreciated the biographer's sense of irony and compassion and capacity to make such a complicated life so accessible without the burden of analyzing or explaining to much. I appreciate a biography that approaches a life with a sense of awe and wonder and mystery, with no need to make judgments ...more
Becky Morgan
Have you ever started reading a biography of someone that not only you did you know nothing about but you had not even heard the subject's name before? I found myself in this reading situation recently and was pleasantly surprised about how captivating it can be to discover a life unfolding. Woman of Rome by Lily Tuck explores the life of Italian Writer Elsa Morante and the history of her time as she was writing during WWII. - Read more at http://www.thekeytothegate.blogspot.c...
Jeannine Donoghue
Abandoned on page 127!
Sara
My love of biography's probably makes me biased, but a very interesting book about a little known (in America) Italian writer.
Silvia
Sep 15, 2008 Silvia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone interested in novels and in Italian literature
The first biography ever of a major Italian writer, Elsa Morante, written by National Book Award Lily Tuck.
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Lily Tuck is an American novelist and short story writer whose novel The News from Paraguay won the 2004 National Book Award for Fiction. Her novel Siam was nominated for the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. She has published four other novels, a collection of short stories, and a biography of Italian novelist Elsa Morante (see "Works" below).
An American citizen born in Paris, Tuck now divides
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