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Writers' Houses

Lennard, Erica; Premoli-Droulers, Francesca

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ISBN 10: 0865659648 / ISBN 13: 9780865659643
Published by Vendome Press, New York, 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Folio in black boards in pinctorial dust jacket; illus. (some color); 199 pp., 32 cm. In English. A lovely book, with many excellent full-colro photograpsh and enaging, perceptive writing connection each other to his or her abodes. || Signed and inscribed by Francesca Premol-Doulers (text) and Erica Lennard (photographer); Distributed in the USA and Canada by Rizzoli International Publications through St. Martin's Press; ISBN: 9780865659643. Fine copy in very good(++) jacket; jacket is very lightly worn at some spots along the edges and at the spine and open corners; no tears; very light and barely noticeable shelfwear to jacket; o/w cloth is clean and free of fraying; boards are free of bumps; pages are clean, crisp, bright and free of marks and creases; binding is square; hinges are tight; a well-cared for copy. Bookseller Inventory # 85637

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Title: Writers' Houses

Publisher: Vendome Press, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: very good +

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition.

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Synopsis:

This wonderful book takes the reader into the intimacy of the homes of twenty great international literary figures, from the simple, tropical world of Ernest Hemingway in Key West to the Connecticut Yankee house of Mark Twain in Hartford, from William Faulkner's antebellum mansion in Oxford to the aristocratic Palermo palace of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, or the effete, cluttered rooms of Jean Cocteau's house at Milly-la-Foret outside Paris. All these houses were specially photographed, often for the first time. In the accompanying text, Francesca Premoli-Droulers brilliantly links together the close ties that bind the writers, their books, and their houses.

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A house is doubly important to a writer--not only as a home for oneself, but often as a workplace in which to write quietly and undisturbed (a concept Virginia Woolf lobbied for in her famous book A Room of One's Own). Writers' Houses captures these intimate places in which some of the world's greatest writers spent their most creative hours.

Twenty renowned writers of the last century are profiled in the places they lived, including Ernest Hemingway, Alberto Moravia, Hermann Hesse, Mark Twain, and Virginia Woolf, among others. Some of these authors' houses form a part of the oeuvre in which they write--Ernest Hemingway's Key West home or William Faulkner's Mississippi mansion, for example. In fact, many of the authors in Writers' Houses, such as Isak Dinesen, Dylan Thomas, William Butler Yeats, and Vita Sackville-West, were influenced by their homes and surroundings to the extent that their reputations are inextricably linked to those places.

The large color photographs reveal the private places in which these authors lived and worked, surrounded by photos of loved ones, mementos of travels, and views of their gardens or the sea. Author Francesca Premoli-Droulers writes eloquently of the events that led to the purchase of each home, as well as the activities that took place there.

Many of the writers featured here led lives full of turbulence and upheaval at one time or another, and their homes marked one of the few places in which they found a place to write in solitude and comfort. Writers' Houses allows us access into these writers' private worlds, where some of their most famous creations came to life. --Kris Law

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