Italian Hours

Italian Hours


Henry James Romance

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Italian Hours is a book of travel writing by Henry James published in 1909. The book collected essays that James had written over nearly forty years about a country he knew and loved well. James extensively revised and sometimes expanded the essays to create a more consistent whole. He also added two new essays and an introduction.

Table of contents

The Grand Canal
Venice: An Early Impression
Two Old Houses and Three Young Women
Casa Alvisi
From Chambéry to Milan
The Old Saint-Gothard
Italy Revisited
A Roman Holiday
Roman Rides
Roman Neighbourhoods
The After-Season in Rome
From a Roman Note-Book
A Few Other Roman Neighbourhoods
A Chain of Cities
Siena Early and Late
The Autumn in Florence
Florentine Notes
Tuscan Cities
Other Tuscan Cities
The Saint"s Afternoon and Others

Henry James (15 April 1843 – 28 February 1916) was an American-British author regarded as a key transitional figure between literary realism and literary modernism, and is considered by many to be among the greatest novelists in the English language. He was the son of Henry James Sr. and the brother of renowned philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James.


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Wondrously, it was a clean and cool and, as who should say, quiet and amply interspaced Naples—in tune with itself, no harsh jangle of forestieri vulgarising the concert. I seemed in fact, under the blaze of summer, the only stranger—though the blaze of summer itself was, for that matter, everywhere but a higher pitch of light and colour and tra……


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