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Visitors to Verona: Lovers, Gentlemen and Adventurers Hardcover – 30 Oct 2016
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Visitors to Verona is a rich compendium of travellers' impressions of Verona in the 18th and 19th century. It is lively, amusing and extremely instructive as to the checkered history of the city (for example, its conditions under French and Austrian occupation), thus reminding us of how much Verona has endured. (The 20th century was to be no less dramatic.) From Shakespeare to Napoleon, from Dickens to James and Ruskin - the characters and comments in this book are endlessly fascinating. After reading it we very much want to return to Verona with renewed interest and knowledge. Caroline Webb has done a service to the visitor who wants to appreciate more deeply all that Verona means and has meant to its citizens and guests.--Massimo Bacigalupo, Professor of American Literature at the University of Genoa (12/30/2016)<br \><br \>This is a richly informative cornucopia of travel accounts of one of Italy's most fascinating cities. --Edward Chaney, Professor of Fine and Decorative Arts at Southampton Solent University (12/30/2016)
This book is a delight to read and provides a charming and fresh picture of Verona's daily life in past centuries. The author combines facts and travellers' accounts with masterly skill in a cohesive and lively framework. --Professor Giandemetrio Marangoni, Universities of Verona & Lugano (12/30/2016)
Visitors to Verona brings together a fascinating collection of writings, offering all kinds of insights into the national characters of both the Italians and the British, how they changed over centuries of travel and tourism and how each reacted to the other, whether with prejudice or admiration, or both. It's an intriguing slice of history and rich food for thought. Those who want to go that way will find Brexit in the making. --Tim Parks, Author of Italian Neighbours and A Season with Verona (12/30/2016)
About the Author
Caroline Webb graduated in History from the University of London and read Italian and Art History in Cambridge and Verona. She has worked as a historical researcher and teacher and is co-author of The Earl and His Butler in Constantinople: The Secret Diary of an English Servant among the Ottomans (I.B.Tauris, 2008).
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