ISBN 9781632863751,Florence: A Delicate Case

Florence: A Delicate Case



Bloomsbury Publishing

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9781632863751

ISBN-10 1632863758

Paper Back

Number of Pages 192 Pages
Language (English)
Why has Florence always drawn so many English and American visitors? (At the turn of the century, the Anglo-American population numbered more than thirty thousand.) Why have men and women fleeing sex scandals traditionally settled here? What is it about Florence that has made it so fascinating and so repellent to artists and writers over the years?
Moving fleetly between present and past and exploring characters both real and fictional, Leavitt's narrative limns the history of the foreign colony from its origins in the middle of the nineteenth century until its demise under Mussolini and considers the appeal of Florence to figures as diverse as Tchaikovsky, E.M. Forster, Ronald Firbank, and Mary McCarthy.