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Dianne Hales

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in Scranton, Pa., The United States
February 02

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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! I've written more than forty trade and textbooks and about a thousand articles for national publications.

Along the way I fell in love with Italian and wrote LA BELLA LINGUA: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language, which became a New York Times best-seller and earned me the great honor of an Italian knighthood.

I then wrote a biography of Mona (Madame) Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, the real woman in Leonardo's iconic portrait. MONA LISA: A Life Discovered was an Amazon "best book of the year" in art history and was translated into six languages.

LA PASSIONE: How Italy Seduced the World is a sweeping journey through three thous
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Italy’s Passion for la Piazza

“What do you miss most about Italy?” I asked one of my first Italian teachers, who had recently moved to the United States.  She didn’t hesitate. “La piazza,” she replied. Over the years, I’ve come to understand why.

The piazza is an Italian’s second home, although it also can double as a shopping mall, day care center, reading room, catwalk, singles club, casino, theatre, sanctuary, office, st

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“In Lisa’s lifetime, a galaxy of artistic stars—Michelangelo, Botticelli, Raphael, Perugino, Filippino Lippi—rivaled the heavens with their brilliance. None outshone the incandescent genius of Leonardo, who emerges from the fog of history as more of a cultural force than a mere human being.
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During Leonardo’s and Lisa’s lifetimes, largerthan-legend characters strutted across the Florentine stage: Lorenzo de’ Medici, whose magnificence rubbed off on everything he touched. The charismatic friar Savonarola, who inflamed souls before meeting his own fiery death. Ruthless Cesare Borgia, who hired Leonardo as his military engineer. Niccolò Machiavelli, who collaborated with the artist on an audacious scheme to change the course of the Arno River.”
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“Coaching me in the Venetian pronunciation, he explained that the word itself was a local invention. In La Serenissima’s glittering heyday, correspondents signed letters, “Il Suo schiavo” (“your slave”). Meeting on the street, acquaintances would bow and repeat the same ingratiating words. However, in the Venetian dialect, which softens the hard sound of sch (pronounced sk in other regions) to a chewy sh (as in “show”), Suo schiavo came out sciao, which melted into ciao as it migrated to other parts of Italy.”
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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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