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Rome and a Villa

by Eleanor Clark

“Perhaps the finest book ever to be written about a city.”
– New York Times

“These essays gather up Rome and hold it before us, bristling and dense and dreamlike, with every scene drenched in the sound of fountains, of leaping and falling water.”
– The New Yorker

“With her genius for attention, observation and recordings, she sees with beautiful accuracy the differences between things. With a true sense and love for the grand, the tragic, the beautiful, she has the necessary sense of their opposites… This whole book is the distillation of a deep personal experience; it is autobiography in the truest sense…the story of the search for what is truly one’s own, and the ability to recognize it when found, and to be faithful in love of it.”
– Katherine Anne Porter