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(Collected Travel Writings: The Continent: A Little Tour in France / Italian Hours / Other Travels.pdf) Collected in this em Library of America em volume and its companion is evidence that Henry James as a traveler fulfilled his own famous directive to aspiring novelists Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost Henry James s travel writings are at once literary masterpieces unsurpassed guidebooks and penetrating reflections on the international themes familiar from his fiction br br This volume of Henry James s incomparable travel writings begins with the classic em A Little Tour in France em illustrated with Joseph Pennell s exquisite drawings from the original edition James begins his tour of the French countryside one rainy morning in mid September of when he sets off for the city of Tours as a means of exploring the proposition that though France might be Paris Paris was by no means France br br From Tours Balzac s birthplace James travels to the great chateaux of the Loire Valley visiting Chambord Amboise Chenonceaux and Blois where as you cross the threshold you step straight into the sunshine and storm of the French Renaissance He admires the view of the quays in Nimes which shine with the bright greyness which is the tone of French landscape art in Toulouse he meditates on a history saturated with blood and perfidy and in Beaune he savors an atmosphere like the taste of a sweet russet pear Dense with literary associations and historical echoes James s prose brings castles and cathedrals and old walled towns to life In his glancingly precise visual evocations of terrain and cityscape he realizes his ambition to sketch without a palette or brushes br br Henry James loved Italy a beautiful disheveled nymph to England s good married matron The incisive and witty essays in em Italian Hours em describe memorably happy sojourns in Venice Rome and Florence and excursions to Siena Assisi Perugia Capri Ravenna and other Italian cities Nowhere do art and life seem so interfused as in Venice wrote James in celebration of the splendor of Venetian light and color air and history He records his radiant impressions of Roman churches and aqueducts museums and fountains and rambles through the gardens of the Villa Borghese in spring when Rome seems lighted with an irresistible smile All these essays are filled with James s intense pleasure in Italian places and people br br This volume concludes with sixteen essays on such varied places as Switzerland Holland Rheims and the Pyr n es including a memorable account of the American volunteer ambulance corps in Europe during World War OneDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Collected Travel Writings: The Continent: A Little Tour in France / Italian Hours / Other Travels books for multiple devices.

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