Putnam's and the Reader Volume 4

Putnam's and the Reader Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... in its English form as " The Forewarners," and Antonio Fogazzaro's popular romance, "II Santo," the first dealing with the life of the working classes in the north of the peninsula, the second with the struggle for the reform of Catholicism. It seems as though literature with a purpose had exhausted itself in preparing the national revolution. Afterwards, the theory of Art for Art's sake served to divert noble thoughts, and to conceal an able and esthetic corruption very dangerous to the national character. The question of divorce, which has given to France a fecund literature of before and after, has almost never inspired our novelists or dramatists to any effort that has attained fame, although the condition of woman in Italy as regards marriage is unequalled in Europe, elsewhere than in Spain. Among the modern Italian writers Mme. Grazia Deledda, very popular at home and abroad, limits herself to the wild and primitive country and inhabitants of Sardinia. She makes superb photographs, but nothing more. Great questions do not move her; even the strikes of the peasants and miners that have ensanguined her native land, have left her indifferent.-Mme. Mathilda Serao, after her fine painting of Neapolitan popular life, has tried to evoke scenes of a more fashionable life, but so mannered are they that the De Courcelles in France have tried in vain to resuscitate her vogue by dramatizing her novels. "Neera," who, in a charming book called "Teresa," the story of an old maid, has produced an appreciable example of feminine psychology, now produces feuilleions of old-fashioned romanticism. The-boldness of the Contessa Codrouchi ("Sflingc") is still struggling with the aristocratic traditions of her...show more

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  • Paperback | 392 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 699g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236517466
  • 9781236517463