In 1861, in recognition of his service to the election campaign of the previous year, Abraham Lincoln appointed William Dean Howells consul to Venice. Howells lived in Italy for four years during the pivotal and tumultuous years of Italian reunification. Italian Journeys describes Howells’ adventures across the country—from Genoa, a hotbed of nationalistic fervor from where Garibaldi had led the Expedition of the Thousand only a year before; to the cultural and political powerhouse of Naples, which had only just become part of the kingdom of Italy; and on to Rome, the focus for the hopes of a fractured country. Traveling by land and sea, Howells was inspired at every turn—as much by the fevered events of the time as by the cultural and historical wealth of the country—and his beautifully rendered portrait has become a classic of travel literature, essential for all Italophiles.
About the Author
William Dean Howells (1837-1920), writer, critic and pioneer of the American realist school, was one of the most influential writers of American fiction during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. A lifelong friend of Mark Twain and a contemporary of Hawthorne, Thoreau, and Emerson, Howell's own literary career took off with his novel, A Modern Instance but The Rise of Silas Lapham is his best known
Table of Contents
The road to Rome from Venice * Leaving Venice * From Padua to Ferrara * The Picturesque, the Improbable, and the Pathetic in Ferrara * Through Bologna to Genoa * Up and down Genoa * By sea from Genoa to Naples * Certain Things in Naples * A Day in Pompeii * A Half-hour at Herculaneum * Capri and Capriotes * The Protestant Ragged Schools at Naples * Roman Pearls * Forza Maggiore * At Padua * A Pilmgrimage to Petrarch’s House at Arquà * A Visit to Cimbri * Minor Travels * Pisa * The Ferrara Road * Trieste * Bassano * Possagno, Canova’s Birthplace * Como * Stopping at Vicenza, Verona, and Parma * Ducal Mantua *