'London!... A gigantic city, a Mare Magnum, a Babilon, a complete chaos, a thing of dreams,' I said to myself with a strange pleasure, as if I had not known this before...'
As a first-time visitor to London, De Amicis was awestruck by the bustle and magnificence of the Victorian metropolis and wrote a number of sketches in his trademark witty, observational style, which made him one of the best-selling travel writers of his age.
Originally conceived as a series of newspaper articles and later published in volume form, De Amicis's Memories of London brings back to life all the bygone charm of the capital of the British Empire. De Amicis's impressions are paired here with a piece written by one of his contemporaries, the French writer Louis Laurent Simonin, which leaves the city's opulence and grandeur behind and offers an uncompromising look at the poverty and squalor of its most deprived areas.
About the Author
The poet, novelist and travel writer Edmondo De Amicis (1846-1908) began his career as a soldier, before switching to journalism. He is now best remembered for his collection of children's stories Cuore.
"[De Amicis] recounts his adventures in the capital with a relish and perspicacity that still resonates today." - The Good Book Guide"His descriptions of London in the 1870s have so many parallels today, even if there are not so many oyster shells lying about." - TLS
Series: Alma Classics
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 15th April 2014
Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.2 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1