Roman Spring: Memoirs

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VIII
AMERICANS IN ROME

AUNT JULIA HOWE and her beautiful daughter Maud came to stay with us in Rome the winter following their visit to Lesnian. Aunt Julia drew many friends about her wherever she happened to be, and Maud's admirers flocked like moths about the candle. I was fourteen, neither child nor woman, and at that time too much taken up with music and study to give much thought to the things of life. Aunt Julia called me her Goethe and said she was my Schiller. I never knew why, unless it be she found some German impress left on me by my various German teachers and governesses -- perhaps a trace of pedantry combined with sincerest enthusiasm. She continued to use these two names to the end of her days, and I have many letters from her all beginning "Dear Goethe" and signed "your Schiller." She made Maud and me read Burton Anatomy of Melancholy with her for half an hour every day after breakfast.

That winter I was promoted to take charge of the tea table at the Wednesday-afternoon receptions, and sat up for the informal parties that generally succeeded the Sunday-evening dinner. A number of American friends were in Rome that year and often came to these

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • I - Roman Childhood 3
  • II - Palazzo Odescalchi 12
  • III - Villeggiatura 24
  • IV - Theatricals and Weddings 31
  • V - West Prussia in the Seventies 41
  • VI - Florence and Free Thought 56
  • VII - Enter Music 71
  • VIII - Americans in Rome 87
  • IX - The Western World 94
  • X - Californian Exile 104
  • XI - Americana 111
  • XII - Return to Italy 120
  • XIII - Sorrento 150
  • XIV - A Gay Cousin 159
  • XV - Roman Festivities 170
  • XVI - Vita Nuova on Hudson 180
  • XVII - Lodge and Roosevelt 191
  • XVIII - Washington Friends 204
  • XIX - Rome Revisited 214
  • XX - New York Society 230
  • XXI - New York's Compensations 250
  • XXII - Tuxedo Park 260
  • II - Ave Roma 270
  • XXIV - The Spanish War 284
  • XXV - Friendship of Henry Adams 291
  • XXVI - Tyrolese Summers 309
  • Index 315
  • Index 317
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