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by Tony Tanner
If there is one city that might be said to embody both reason and desire, it would surely be Venice: a thousand-year triumph of rational legislation, aesthetic and sensual self-expression, and self-creation powerful, lovely, serene. Unique in so many ways, Venice is also unique in its relation to writing. London has Dickens, Paris has Balzac, Saint Petersburg has Dostoevsk ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Harvard University Press
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"Watery, dark, silent, Venice has long been a site and topic for the European imagination. Venice - the place, the names, the dream - has been the scene and inspiration of many writers, particularly Byron, Ruskin, James, von Hoffmannsthal, Proust and Pound. They are the focus of Tony Tanner's exploration of Venice in literature and the starting point for further discussions of Browning and Melville, Rilke, Mann and Sartre. Defeated by Napoleon in 1797, Venice dropped out of history, languishing ...more