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The Ancient Shore: Dispatches from Naples Paperback – Illustrated, 15 October 2009

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  • Paperback : 144 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0226322025
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0226322025
  • Product Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.78 x 21.59 cm
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press (15 October 2009)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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''Much larger than all its parts, this book does full justice to a place, and a time, where 'nothing was pristine, except the light.''' - Bookforum ''Deep in the spell of Italy, Hazzard parses the difference between visiting and living and working in a foreign country. She writes with enormous eloquence and passion of the beauty of getting lost in a place.'' - Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times ''The two voices join in exquisite harmony.... A lovely book.'' - Booklist, starred review ''An exquisite companion for the armchair traveler who dreams in the languages of literature and art.... A love letter to an ancient Italian city by the sea.... By temperament, I incline toward the understated appreciations of art and people I find in The Ancient Shore.... Such passages, simple as they are, constitute the unalloyed traces of love.'' - Mindy Aloff, Washington Post Book World''

About the Author

Shirley Hazzard (1931-2016) was born in Australia and lived in Hong Kong, Italy, and New Zealand before coming to the United States at the age of twenty. She was the acclaimed author of four books of nonfiction and six novels, including The Transit of Venus, which won the 1980 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 1980, and The Great Fire, which won the the National Book Award for fiction in 2003.

Francis Steegmuller (1906-94) was an editor, translator, critic, and literary biographer.