Letters From the Palazzo Barbaro
Steerforth Press, 29 sty 2013 - 224
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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Patricia Curtis Viganò andCarlo Viganò—and the wideopen marble arms
oftheirPalazzo Barbaro—werea constantsource of encouragement for
whichIamtruly thankful. I would alsolike to thank Marina Coslovi forherhelp in
Latimer, Ralph Curtis's cousin, painted several rooms of theBarbaro.6 JAMES'S
ARRIVALIN VENICE But theartistwho morethan anyone elsefiltered through his
imagination the enchantment ofthe“marble halls” ofthe Barbaro wasthe American
In James's letters7 to Catherine Walsh (VII), Grace Norton (IX), and Ariana Curtis
(XIV, XV) “the beautiful empty Barbaro”, “all marbles and frescoes and portraits of
theDoges”, startsto exercise a charm that “sinks into your spirit onlyas you goon ...
... her own palace, “an infinitely more barbarous Barbaro”,29 onthe topfloor
ofwhich he would like to have a“small marble hall with thirteencurtains and a pink
mosquito net”. Onlyonthese conditions will he go,onno other. The little lady
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Letters by Henry James
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