Letters From the Palazzo Barbaro (Pushkin Collection)
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The novelist Henry James arrived in Venice as a tourist, and instantly fell in love with the city – particularly with the splendid Palazzo Barbaro, home of the expatriate American Curtis family. This selection of letters covers the period 1869-1907 and provides a unique record of the life and work of this great writer.
Includes historical photographs and a foreword by Leon Edel, Henry James’s biographer.
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Titian. Then I paid a farewell visit to the Academy, which I have got pretty well by heart—and where I saw Mr. and Mrs. Bronson14 of Newport who knew me not—the latter very haggard and pale. After which I took a gondola over to the Lido to look my last at the Adriatic. It was a glorious afternoon and I wandered for nearly two hours by the side of the murmuring sea. I was more than ever struck with the resemblance of Venice—especially that part of it—to Newport. The same atmosphere, the same
turning into the interior of the palace after being dazzled by the view outside of the Grand Canal, will not find a rest: the glimmering splendour of the water and the bright colours of the marble façades are replicated in the glory of the gilded stuccoes, of the paintings, of the mother-of-pearl floors. The dazzle will only relent in the slightly damp penumbra of the courtyard, when you descend the steep, open staircase, or in the shadowy light which filters through the long ground-floor
social features of Rome, I confess, terrifies me, and my real hanging back till now has been from this same dread of the collected People—the terrible Popular Romance of whom, all winter, rumour has represented to me the multitude. It’s exactly to escape them all that I am cultivating the cunning of the Choctaw and if need be the rudeness of the Apache. Five years ago they were the ruination of Italy to me, and the reason why I have suffered these five years of privation to roll by. I have to go
paintings, including the famous and controversial portrait of Madame X (Madame Gautreau). On James’s and Sargent’s Venetian friends, see Rosella Mamoli Zorzi, Browning a Venezia, Venice, 1989. XXVII To Alvin Langdon Coburn1 December 6th 1906 (Edel IV) Rye, Lamb House Dear Alvin Langdon! I have just written to Miss Constance Fletcher,2 in Venice where she lives, at periods (with her infirm old mother and her mother’s second husband, Eugene Benson, also I fear invalidical and a little
seems to wish to persuade Mrs. Bronson, but above all himself, that a person so beloved by everybody should not have expected any love from himself. The “strange obscurity” of the facts covers up the difficulty of a relationship that seems to have become clear to James only after Miss Woolson’s death, with the sudden violence, which the reader will find in such a story as The Beast in the Jungle. Miss Woolson’s death marked, for James, a period of detachment from Venice, or even of horror