CONTENTS: -THE ARCADIAN ACADEMY-THE MUSICAL LIFE-METASTASIO AND THE OPERA-THE COMEDY OF MASKS-GOLDONI AND THE REALISTIC COMEDY-CARLO GOZZI AND THE VENETIAN FAIRY COMEDY.
"The learning and fancy of Mr. Vernon Lee have enabled him to reconstruct the life of the Italian musical world of the last century.... Certain pages of this book quite bring us into the midst of the poets, the composers, and the singers of a hundred years ago.... The chapter on Metastasio ought to be translated as a whole and should be read and meditated by everyone who cares for art and for Italy.... The chapter on Goldoni is rich in sterling, subtle, and new observation Throughout the volume we are in the presence of a subtle and imaginative critic, of a picturesque and vigorous writer, of one who has profoundly studied a subject in which he takes passionate interest, and who has written of Italy and Italian art with a wonderful artistic intuition comparable only with that shown in some of Robert Browning's poems on Italian subjects."
-Fanfulla Della Domenica of Rome.
"Mr. Vernon Lee, if that be the author's real name, has written one of the most fascinating books that it has been our good fortune to meet with for a very long time. A singularly delightful and very able volume."
"These studies show a wide range of knowledge of the subject, precise investigation, abundant power of illustration, and healthy enthusiasm The style of writing is cultivated, neatly adjusted, and markedly clever; it has a certain analogy to the styles of other aesthetic writers of the day, combining (we might say by way of indication) something of Mr. Wedmore and of Mrs. Pattison, with a spice of Mr. Pater, and another spice of Mr. Swinburne On the whole- it can be cordially recommended as treating an important and little known theme with conspicuous ability."