This collection of ten stories, first published in 1904, shows Edith Wharton dissecting some of the customs, habits and vagaries of courtship and marriage, particularly as practiced in the upper reaches of New York society at the turn of the twentieth century (two stories, however, are set in Italy). Fidelity is only one problem; others may arise from the machinations and emotions of the protagonists or outsiders. Wharton handles the questions (altro…)
LibriVox volunteers bring you 20 recordings of November by John Clare. This was the Weekly Poetry project for November 18, 2012
John Clare was an English poet, the son of a farm labourer, who came to be known for his celebratory representations of the English countryside and his lamentation of its disruption. His poetry underwent a major re-evaluation in the late 20th century and he is often now considered to be among (altro…)
I Promessi Sposi, or the Betrothed Lovers; a Milanese Story of the Seventeenth Century: as translated for the Metropolitan, from the Italian of Alessandro Manzoni, by G.W. Featherstonhaugh. Washington: stereotyped and published by Duff Green. 1834. 8vo. pp. 249.
The appearance of this work strongly reminds us of the introductory remarks with which the Edimburg Review, thirthy years ago, prefaced its annunciation of Waverley. We would gladly appropriate them, were it fair (altro…)
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to (altro…)
Era l’ultimo ricevimento di lady Windermere, alla vigilia della primavera.
Bentink House, più dell’usato, brulicava di visitatori.
Sei membri del ministero eran venuti direttamente dopo l’udienza dello speaker, con tutti gli ordini e le decorazioni.
Le belle donne indossavano i più eleganti costumi e, in fondo alla sala dei quadri, la principessa Sofia di Carlsrühe, grossa dama del tipo tartaro, con occhietti neri e stupendi smeraldi, parlava con voce stridente un pessimo francese e (altro…)