By the Ionian Sea

By the Ionian Sea

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By the Ionian Sea

By the Ionian Sea

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It has long been in my heart to bring out By the Ionian Sea in the series including Earthwork out of Tuscany, Studies in the Renaissance, Roses of Paestum; for I do not know of four other volumes that could be read compelling our attention by such associated loveliness of subject and of style.

Gissing had always been haunted by an exquisite nostalgia for Italy: "If I had not seen the landscapes for which my soul longed:...." but he did see them twice; his last visit being in 1897, when but a few years were left of living.

"I want to see the ruins of Rome: I want to see the Tiber, the Clitumnus, the Aufidus, the Alban Hills, Lake Trasimenus! It is strange how these old times have taken hold of me. The mere names in Roman history make my blood warm."

Much has come to light since Gissing's "premature death at St. Jean de Luz on the 28th of December, 1903, at the early age of forty-six." In Thomas Seccombe's Introductory Survey, (1907) and in George Gissing: A Critical Study by Frank Swinnerton, (1912) we . . .

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