The Light in the Piazza and Other Italian Tales (Banner Books)

3.44 avg rating
( 161 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780878058365: The Light in the Piazza and Other Italian Tales (Banner Books)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Elizabeth Spencer is captivated by Italy. For her it has been a second home. A one-time resident who returns there, this native-born Mississippian has found Italy to be an enchanting land whose culture lends itself powerfully to her artistic vision.

Some of her most acclaimed work is set there. Her American characters encounter but never quite wholly adjust to the mysteries of the Italian mores. Collected here in one volume are Spencer's six Italian tales. Their plots are so alluring and enigmatic that Boccaccio would have been charmed by their delightful ironies and their sinister contrasts of dark and light.

Spencer is grounded in two bases-Italy and the American South. Her characters too, mostly Southerners, rove in search of connection and fulfillment.

In The Light in the Piazza (a novella which has become both Spencer's signature piece and a Hollywood film) a stranger from North Carolina, traveling with her beautiful daughter, encounters the intoxicating beauty of sunlit Florence and discovers a deep conflict in the moral dilemma it presents. "I think this work has great charm," Spencer has said, "and it probably is the real thing, a work written under great compulsion, while I was under the spell of Italy. But it took me, all told, about a month to write."

In Knights and Dragons (another novella and a companion piece to The Light in the Piazza) an American woman in Rome and Venice struggles for release from her husband's sinister control over her. Spencer sets this tale in the cold and wintry dark and here portrays the other face of Italy. In "The Cousins," "The Pincian Gate," "The White Azalea," and "The Visit," Spencer shows the exceptional artistry that has merited acclaim for her as one of America's first-class writers of the short story.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:

Seven fascinating tales in which Southerners surrender to the mesmerizing spell of Italy

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Elizabeth Spencer
Published by University Press of Mississippi
ISBN 10: 0878058362 ISBN 13: 9780878058365
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
ThriftBooks - Blue Cloud
(Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Press of Mississippi. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. This book has a light amount of wear to the pages, cover and binding. Seller Inventory # G0878058362I3N10

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 22.61
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Elizabeth Spencer
Published by University Press of Mississippi (1996)
ISBN 10: 0878058362 ISBN 13: 9780878058365
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Better World Books: West
(Reno, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Press of Mississippi, 1996. Condition: Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP93753526

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 22.62
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Elizabeth Spencer
Published by University Press of Mississippi (1996)
ISBN 10: 0878058362 ISBN 13: 9780878058365
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Better World Books
(Mishawaka, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Press of Mississippi, 1996. Condition: Very Good. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP64694701

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 22.62
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Elizabeth Spencer
Published by University Press of Mississippi (1996)
ISBN 10: 0878058362 ISBN 13: 9780878058365
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Better World Books
(Mishawaka, IN, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Press of Mississippi, 1996. Condition: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP97549707

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 22.62
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

SPENCER, Elizabeth
Published by University Press of Mississippi (1996), Jackson (1996)
ISBN 10: 0878058362 ISBN 13: 9780878058365
Used First Edition Signed Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Second Life Books, Inc.
(Lanesborough, MA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Press of Mississippi (1996), Jackson, 1996. First Edition. 8vo, pp. 239 A fine copy without dj. Inscribed by the author to poet William Jay Smith and his wife: "For Bill and Sonja | Long friendship much | affection ~ | Elizabeth" Also signed in full. Seller Inventory # 58557

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 28.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Elizabeth Spencer; Introduction-Robert Phillips
Published by University Press of Mississippi (1996)
ISBN 10: 0878058362 ISBN 13: 9780878058365
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University Press of Mississippi, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0878058362

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy Used
US$ 32.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds