Italica: Studies in Italian Life and Letters

Italica: Studies in Italian Life and Letters

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Italica: Studies in Italian Life and Letters

Italica: Studies in Italian Life and Letters

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In gathering into a volume these byeproducts of the past ten or twelve years, I am not unmindful of their fugitive character. But even fugitives may be message- bearers. And there are some subjects which must be treated swiftly or not at all, if the passing aspect is to be caught with the freshness, vividness, and bias which belong to it.

Several of the following papers contain information about contemporary Italians and the recent conditions of Italy that may not be easily accessible elsewhere to readers in English. Others record friendships, personal or literary. Others, again, spring out of enthusiasms, still unquenched, or were inspired by some feature of that Enchanted Land, whose beauty is inexhaustible and whose boundless interests touch, and will always touch, men and women who perceive the deepest concerns of the human soul.

As a painter takes into account the place where his picture is to hang, so I observed carefully, in preparing several of these papers . . .

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