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Desiring Italy

Women Writers Celebrate A Country and A Culture

Under the spell of La Dolce Vita . . . For centuries Italy has been many things to many people. In this brilliant anthology and traveler’s companion, 28 first-rate women writers – including Shirley Hazzard, Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, George Eliot, Mary Taylor Simeti, Iris Origo – reveal why the land that is the heart and soul of European civilization is so seductive to women.

“This is the sort of book that inspires a lust for travel, or becomes a treasured travel companion. It is one of the most ‘lovingly’ edited books I have ever read. I love this book. Maybe you will too.”-Customer review,

“This book is the closest thing to being born an Italian”! -Customer review, Amazon. com

“a travel anthology featuring a stellar and remarkably diverse group of women, including Muriel Spark, Florence Nightingale, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. . . . A book to bring on your trip.” -Library Journal

“When literary art meets the warmth, beauty, and culture of Italy, the results are stupefyingly wonderful. Susan Cahill has gathered jewels of writing, penned by 31 women of letters, inspired by Italy. There’s Muriel Spark on Venice, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Mary McCarthy on Florence, Florence Nightingale and George Eliot on Rome, Edith Wharton on Milan, and Mary Taylor Simeti on Sicily. All together Cahill’s arranged a beautiful antipasti plate of the impact–on the mind, the spirit, and above all the senses–of Italy.” -Editorial review, Amazon. com

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