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Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante [Paperback]

Item : Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante [Paperback]
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Category : Books
Author Author : Tuck, Lily
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 006147259X
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780061472596
Publisher Publisher : Harper Perennial
Pages Pages : 288
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100039793

The first biography in any language of one of the most celebrated Italian writers of the twentieth century.

Born in 1912 to an unconventional family of modest means, Elsa Morante grew up with an independent spirit, a formidable will, and an unshakable commitment to writing. Forced to hide from the Fascists during World War II in a remote mountain hut with her husband, renowned author Alberto Moravia, she re-emerged at war's end to take her place among the premier Italian writers of her day. When Rome was film capital of the world, she counted Pasolini, Visconti, and the young Bertolucci among her circle of friends. She was charismatic, beautiful, and fiercely intelligent; her marriage, a passionate union of literary giants, captivated a nation; her love affairs were intense and often tragic. And until now few Americans have known of this remarkable woman and her powerful, original talent.

Woman of Rome is a dazzling read, full of passion for the odyssey of a writer.A lovely and worthy biography, the first of Morante to appear in any language....well-researched, empathetic Woman of Rome is both a work of literary reclamation and an act of long, deep, devoted connection...[Morantes] life and work come alive in this account.Tuck is fascinated by Morantes drive to continually reinvent herself and blends memories of her own childhood into Morantes story, memories that add texture and a sense of honesty to the biography.Written with a charming personal touch...that warms the narrative to a fine glow, this is a vital biography bringing to American audiences a writer most will have previously known little about.One literary doyenne takes on another in Lily Tucks wonderful, sensitive biography of Elsa Morante...This is one not to miss, both for its subject and its exquisite prose.Equal parts literary biography and liberation tract, this engaging volume...elegantly achieves its dual aims. Rarely have subject and biographer been so aptly matched.lp

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