Explore the Palatine with Elizabeth Bowen. Visit the temple of the Vestal Virgins with Georgina Masson. Analyze Michelangeloâs Moses with Sigmund Freud. Stroll through ancient streets with Goethe and with Henry James. Share Alice Steinbachâs midnight epiphany on a shabby hotel balcony. Learn the art of love from Ovid. Visit villas and gardens with Edith Wharton. Enjoy Romeâs myriad moods and pleasures with Robert Browning, Eleanor Clark, Susan Vreeland, and many others.
An irresistible collection of writing about one of the worldâs most beloved destinations, The Smiles of Rome spans the centuries from ancient times to the present day. Each essay resonates with the richness and turmoil of the past and overflows with a great wealth of fascinating facts and intriguing tidbits for todayâs avid readers and travelers.
âRome,â writes Susan Cahill, âhas the power to blow your mind and heart.â This delicious, many-layered collection honoring the city that is the heart and soul of European civilization has the same power to thrill.
About: A literary anthology featuring fiction, memoir, essays, and travelogues on the Eternal City spans a wide array of literary contributions, from ancient to modern, as it features works by Ovid, Marguerite Yourcenar, Michelangelo, Sigmund Freud, Robert Browning, Edith Wharton, Muriel Spark, Federico Fellini, Goethe, John Updike, and many other distinguished authors.
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