In 1844, Charles Dickens took a break from novels to travel in Italy for almost a year. This thrilling travelogue is the result of his encounters with Italy's colorful street life, the visible signs of its richly textured past, and its urban desolation. Dickens was particularly drawn to the costumes, cross-dressing, and sheer exuberant energy of the Roman carnival. Avoiding the traditional tourist sites, Pictures from Italy reveals the anxieties and concerns of its author as he presents, according to Kate Flint, the country "like a chaotic magic-lantern show, fascinated both by the spectacle it offers, and by himself as spectator".
About the Author
Charles Dickens (1812-70) was a political reporter and journalist whose popularity was established by the phenomenally successful Pickwick Papers (1836-7). His novels captured and held the public imagination over a period of more than thirty years. David Trotter is Quain Professor of English Language and Literature and Head of Department at University College London. Charlotte Mitchell is Lecturer in English at University College London.
After finishing Martin Chuzzlewit, Dickens holidayed in Italy for a year. But, of course, he wrote about his travels and here is 'a chaotic magic-lantern show' of 19th-century Genoa, Parma, Verona, Rome, Pisa, Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum... The only drawback about this wonderful book is the 25 pages of largely superfluous notes. Ignore them, and enjoy what must certainly have been the best travel book of 1846. (Kirkus UK)
Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: March 1998
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.21