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Venice Rediscovered

Venice Rediscovered

ISBN
9780571251476
Published
21/05/2009
9780571251476
Format
Paperback
Price
£20.00
Paperback
248

About the Book

What are the origins of the modern passion for Venice? During the two hundred years since its political extinction, the shabby relic of a despised tyranny has been transformed into a great modern cultural symbol celebrated by intellectual and literary figures such as Ruskin, Proust, Mann and Henry James.

This engaging and novel interpretation explores the American and European obsession with the myth of a beautiful city, and in doing so reveals much about the development of modern Western sensibility.

'This book can be enjoyed whether or not you have been to Venice, or whether you never intend to go.' Daily Telegraph

'Full of fresh and little-known material; it is almost unfailingly interesting and invariably well written.' Tony Tanner, New York Review of Books

'An entirely fascinating history of the city as she has been seen, as image and icon ... convincingly argued and consistently entertaining.' Independent

What are the origins of the modern passion for Venice? During the two hundred years since its political extinction, the shabby relic of a despised tyranny has been transformed into a great modern cultural symbol celebrated by intellectual and literary figures such as Ruskin, Proust, Mann and Henry James. This engaging and novel interpretation explores the American and European obsession with the myth of a beautiful city, and in doing so reveals much about the development of modern Western sensibility.'This book can be enjoyed whether or not you have been to Venice, or whether you never intend to go.' Daily Telegraph 'Full of fresh and little-known material; it is almost unfailingly interesting and invariably well written.' Tony Tanner, New York Review of Books 'An entirely fascinating history of the city as she has been seen, as image and icon ... convincingly argued and consistently entertaining.' Independent
  • John Pemble

    John Pemble is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, where he taught modern history for twenty years. He has published a wide range of books, articles and reviews dealing with the British in India, nineteenth-century travel, the modern apotheosis of Venice, and the French experience of Shakespeare. In 1987 he was the joint winner of the Wolfson Prize for The Mediterranean Passion no reissued in Faber Finds.

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