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Italian Hours - A Chain Of Cities Italian Hours - A Chain Of Cities

Italian Hours - A Chain Of Cities
One day in midwinter, some years since, during a journey from Rome to Florence perforce too rapid to allow much wayside sacrifice to curiosity, I waited for the train at Narni. There was time to stroll far enough from the station to have a look at the famous old bridge of Augustus, broken short off in mid-Tiber. While I stood admiring the measure of impression was made to overflow by the gratuitous grace of a white-cowled monk who came trudging up the road that wound to the gate of the town. Narni stood, in its own presented felicity, on a hill... Nonfictions - Post by : coolcrazycool - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 761

Italian Hours - A Few Other Roman Neighbourhoods Italian Hours - A Few Other Roman Neighbourhoods

Italian Hours - A Few Other Roman Neighbourhoods
If I find my old notes, in all these Roman connections, inevitably bristle with the spirit of the postscript, so I give way to this prompting to the extent of my scant space and with the sense of other occasions awaiting me on which I shall have to do no less. The impression of Rome was repeatedly to renew itself for the author of these now rather antique and artless accents; was to overlay itself again and again with almost heavy thicknesses of experience, the last of which is, as I write, quite fresh to memory; and he has thus felt... Nonfictions - Post by : brokerage - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 3244

Italian Hours - From A Roman Note-Book Italian Hours - From A Roman Note-Book

Italian Hours - From A Roman Note-Book
December 28, 1872.--In Rome again for the last three days--that second visit which, when the first isn't followed by a fatal illness in Florence, the story goes that one is doomed to pay. I didn't drink of the Fountain of Trevi on the eve of departure the other time; but I feel as if I had drunk of the Tiber itself. Nevertheless as I drove from the station in the evening I wondered what I should think of it at this first glimpse hadn't I already known it. All manner of evil perhaps. Paris, as I passed along the Boulevards three... Nonfictions - Post by : vision - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 1717

Italian Hours - The After-Season In Rome Italian Hours - The After-Season In Rome

Italian Hours - The After-Season In Rome
One may at the blest end of May say without injustice to anybody that the state of mind of many a forestiero in Rome is one of intense impatience for the moment when all other forestieri shall have taken themselves off. One may confess to this state of mind and be no misanthrope. The place has passed so completely for the winter months into the hands of the barbarians that that estimable character the passionate pilgrim finds it constantly harder to keep his passion clear. He has a rueful sense of impressions perverted and adulterated; the all-venerable visage disconcerts us by... Nonfictions - Post by : a_warrior - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 741

Italian Hours - Roman Neighbourhoods Italian Hours - Roman Neighbourhoods

Italian Hours - Roman Neighbourhoods
I made a note after my first stroll at Albano to the effect that I had been talking of the "picturesque" all my life, but that now for a change I beheld it. I had been looking all winter across the Campagna at the free-flowing outline of the Alban Mount, with its half-dozen towns shining on its purple side even as vague sun-spots in the shadow of a cloud, and thinking it simply an agreeable incident in the varied background of Rome. But now that during the last few days I have been treating it as a foreground, have been suffering... Nonfictions - Post by : heymrdude - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 1249

Italian Hours - Roman Rides Italian Hours - Roman Rides

Italian Hours - Roman Rides
I shall always remember the first I took: out of the Porta del Popolo, to where the Ponte Molle, whose single arch sustains a weight of historic tradition, compels the sallow Tiber to flow between its four great-mannered ecclesiastical statues, over the crest of the hill and along the old posting-road to Florence. It was mild midwinter, the season peculiarly of colour on the Roman Campagna; and the light was full of that mellow purple glow, that tempered intensity, which haunts the after-visions of those who have known Rome like the memory of some supremely irresponsible pleasure. An hour away I... Nonfictions - Post by : kwellman - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 1468

Italian Hours - A Roman Holiday Italian Hours - A Roman Holiday

Italian Hours - A Roman Holiday
It is certainly sweet to be merry at the right moment; but the right moment hardly seems to me the ten days of the Roman Carnival. It was my rather cynical suspicion perhaps that they wouldn't keep to my imagination the brilliant promise of legend; but I have been justified by the event and have been decidedly less conscious of the festal influences of the season than of the inalienable gravity of the place. There was a time when the Carnival was a serious matter--that is a heartily joyous one; but, thanks to the seven-league boots the kingdom of Italy has... Nonfictions - Post by : smw51 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 2495

Italian Hours - Italy Revisited Italian Hours - Italy Revisited

Italian Hours - Italy Revisited
II waited in Paris until after the elections for the new Chamber (they took place on the 14th of October); as only after one had learned that the famous attempt of Marshal MacMahon and his ministers to drive the French nation to the polls like a flock of huddling sheep, each with the white ticket of an official candidate round his neck, had not achieved the success which the energy of the process might have promised--only then it was possible to draw a long breath and deprive the republican party of such support as might have been conveyed in one's sympathetic... Nonfictions - Post by : rolanddeckermd - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 1503

Italian Hours - The Old Saint-Gothard Leaves From A Note-Book Italian Hours - The Old Saint-Gothard Leaves From A Note-Book

Italian Hours - The Old Saint-Gothard Leaves From A Note-Book
Berne, September, 1873.--In Berne again, some eleven weeks after having left it in July. I have never been in Switzerland so late, and I came hither innocently supposing the last Cook's tourist to have paid out his last coupon and departed. But I was lucky, it seems, to discover an empty cot in an attic and a very tight place at a table d'hote. People are all flocking out of Switzerland, as in July they were flocking in, and the main channels of egress are terribly choked. I have been here several days, watching them come and go; it is like... Nonfictions - Post by : winnerz - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 1737

Italian Hours - From Chambery To Milan Italian Hours - From Chambery To Milan

Italian Hours - From Chambery To Milan
Your truly sentimental tourist will never take it from any occasion that there is absolutely nothing for him, and it was at Chambery--but four hours from Geneva--that I accepted the situation and decided there might be mysterious delights in entering Italy by a whizz through an eight-mile tunnel, even as a bullet through the bore of a gun. I found my reward in the Savoyard landscape, which greets you betimes with the smile of anticipation. If it is not so Italian as Italy it is at least more Italian than anything but Italy--more Italian, too, I should think, than can seem... Nonfictions - Post by : heakesc - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 3062

Italian Hours - Casa Alvisi Italian Hours - Casa Alvisi

Italian Hours - Casa Alvisi
Invited to "introduce" certain pages of cordial and faithful reminiscence from another hand, (1)(1) "Browning in Venice," being Recollections of the late Katharine De Kay Bronson, with a Prefatory Note by H. J. (Cornhill Magazine, February, 1902).)in which a frankly predominant presence seems to live again, I undertook that office with an interest inevitably somewhat sad-- so passed and gone to-day is so much of the life suggested. Those who fortunately knew Mrs. Bronson will read into her notes still more of it--more of her subject, more of herself too, and of many things--than she gives, and some may well even... Nonfictions - Post by : profittrain - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 2389

Italian Hours - Two Old Houses And Three Young Women Italian Hours - Two Old Houses And Three Young Women

Italian Hours - Two Old Houses And Three Young Women
There are times and places that come back yet again, but that, when the brooding tourist puts out his hand to them, meet it a little slowly, or even seem to recede a step, as if in slight fear of some liberty he may take. Surely they should know by this time that he is capable of taking none. He has his own way--he makes it all right. It now becomes just a part of the charming solicitation that it presents precisely a problem--that of giving the particular thing as much as possible without at the same time giving it, as... Nonfictions - Post by : jadyn35 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 1288

Italian Hours - Venice: An Early Impression Italian Hours - Venice: An Early Impression

Italian Hours - Venice: An Early Impression
There would be much to say about that golden chain of historic cities which stretches from Milan to Venice, in which the very names--Brescia, Verona, Mantua, Padua--are an ornament to one's phrase; but I should have to draw upon recollections now three years old and to make my short story a long one. Of Verona and Venice only have I recent impressions, and even to these must I do hasty justice. I came into Venice, just as I had done before, toward the end of a summer's day, when the shadows begin to lengthen and the light to glow, and found... Nonfictions - Post by : tessaru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 2583

Italian Hours - The Grand Canal Italian Hours - The Grand Canal

Italian Hours - The Grand Canal
The honour of representing the plan and the place at their best might perhaps appear, in the City of St. Mark, properly to belong to the splendid square which bears the patron's name and which is the centre of Venetian life so far (this is pretty. well all the way indeed) as Venetian life is a matter of strolling and chaffering, of gossiping and gaping, of circulating without a purpose, and of staring--too often with a foolish one--through the shop-windows of dealers whose hospitality makes their doorsteps dramatic, at the very vulgarest rubbish in all the modern market. If the Grand... Nonfictions - Post by : WayneLVN - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 1614

Italian Hours - Venice Italian Hours - Venice

Italian Hours - Venice
It is a great pleasure to write the word; but I am not sure there is not a certain impudence in pretending to add anything to it. Venice has been painted and described many thousands of times, and of all the cities of the world is the easiest to visit without going there. Open the first book and you will find a rhapsody about it; step into the first picture-dealer's and you will find three or four high-coloured "views" of it. There is notoriously nothing more to be said on the subject. Every one has been there, and every one has... Nonfictions - Post by : richj124 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 1739

Italian Hours - Preface Italian Hours - Preface

Italian Hours - Preface
The chapters of which this volume is composed have with few exceptions already been collected, and were then associated with others commemorative of other impressions of (no very extensive) excursions and wanderings. The notes on various visits to Italy are here for the first time exclusively placed together, and as they largely refer to quite other days than these--the date affixed to each paper sufficiently indicating this--I have introduced a few passages that speak for a later and in some cases a frequently repeated vision of the places and scenes in question. I have not hesitated to amend my text, expressively... Nonfictions - Post by : lamar - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 3288

Hawthorne - Chapter 7. Last Years Hawthorne - Chapter 7. Last Years

Hawthorne - Chapter 7. Last Years
CHAPTER VII. LAST YEARSOf the four last years of Hawthorne's life there is not much to tell that I have not already told. He returned to America in the summer of 1860, and took up his abode in the house he had bought at Concord before going to Europe, and of which his occupancy had as yet been brief. He was to occupy it only four years. I have insisted upon the fact of his being an intense American, and of his looking at all things, during his residence in Europe, from the standpoint of that little clod of western earth... Nonfictions - Post by : braveheart - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 940

Hawthorne - Chapter 6. England And Italy Hawthorne - Chapter 6. England And Italy

Hawthorne - Chapter 6. England And Italy
CHAPTER VI. ENGLAND AND ITALYHawthorne was close upon fifty years of age when he came to Europe--a fact that should be remembered when those impressions which he recorded in five substantial volumes (exclusive of the novel written in Italy), occasionally affect us by the rigidity of their point of view. His Note-Books, kept during his residence in England, his two winters in Rome, his summer in Florence, were published after his death; his impressions of England, sifted, revised, and addressed directly to the public, he gave to the world shortly before this event. The tone of his European Diaries is often... Nonfictions - Post by : wasted1 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 3046

Hawthorne - Chapter 5. The Three American Novels Hawthorne - Chapter 5. The Three American Novels

Hawthorne - Chapter 5. The Three American Novels
CHAPTER V. THE THREE AMERICAN NOVELSThe prospect of official station and emolument which Hawthorne mentions in one of those paragraphs from his Journals which I have just quoted, as having offered itself and then passed away, was at last, in the event, confirmed by his receiving from the administration of President Polk the gift of a place in the Custom-house of his native town. The office was a modest one, and "official station" may perhaps appear a magniloquent formula for the functions sketched in the admirable Introduction to The _Scarlet Letter_. Hawthorne's duties were those of Surveyor of the port of... Nonfictions - Post by : ianb4info - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 2800

Hawthorne - Chapter 4. Brook Farm And Concord Hawthorne - Chapter 4. Brook Farm And Concord

Hawthorne - Chapter 4. Brook Farm And Concord
CHAPTER IV. BROOK FARM AND CONCORDThe history of the little industrial and intellectual association which formed itself at this time in one of the suburbs of Boston has not, to my knowledge, been written; though it is assuredly a curious and interesting chapter in the domestic annals of New England. It would of course be easy to overrate the importance of this ingenious attempt of a few speculative persons to improve the outlook of mankind. The experiment came and went very rapidly and quietly, leaving very few traces behind it. It became simply a charming personal reminiscence for the small number... Nonfictions - Post by : kdemoise - Date : May 2012 - Author : Henry James - Read : 1367