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Massimo Bacigalupo.

ANGLOLIGURIA: Da Byron a Hemingway: Figure e scritture di '800 e '900 fra America, Inghilterra e Liguria.

Genoa: Il Canneto editore, 2017.

 

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AngloLiguria collects papers written in the first fifteen years of the third millennium, mostly for non-academic audiences and occasions. It addresses characters, books and events mostly connected with Liguria. I originally thought of titling the book “At the Hotel Croix de Malte,” having discovered that many major 19th-century figures stopped in Genoa in this long-since vanished hostelry (Mary Shelley, Mark Twain, Fenimore Cooper, Henry James -- even Giuseppe Verdi). The reference to the old hotel could have been appropriate because the writers treated in AngloLiguria are all presented at a particular moment of their careers, mostly in a Ligurian setting. (Compare Rachel Cohen’s A Chance Meeting, though unlike her I do not embroider the biographical evidence.) Accordingly, AngloLiguria offers a series of stills of its subjects as they pass though Liguria, and as they enter my horizon – a Poundian periplum of subjects (Byron, Dickens, Hemingway, Eliot, Lawrence, Woolf, among them). There is no attempt at exhaustiveness, which would be impossible in any case in the chosen format of the brief essay (about 1200-words). Yet often the fun of discovery is to be found in neglected details, which allow us to perceive writers and texts in their historicity and individuality, to see them in a new light and read them with renewed pleasure. I have added 72 pages of color illustrations with captions that allow readers (even if they have little or no Italian) to follow these fascinating stories through art, photographs, excerpts from poems and memoirs – Byron to Pound and Hemingway, but also to Zagajewsky, Creeley, and Heaney. – Massimo Bacigalupo.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Preface

 

PART ONE: AT THE HOTEL CROIX DE MALTE

At the Hotel Croix de Malte

Mary Shelley at Albaro

New Year’s in Genoa with Charles Dickens

Byron: the Summer of a Dormouse

Conrad: the Courage of Freedom

The Anglo-Ligurian Sea

Lerici and Spezia -- The English Gulf

Discoveries at the LericiPea Poetry Prize

Emanuele Luzzati and Grandftather’s Parrot

Anglophile Storytellers: Camilla Salvago Raggi and Beatrice Solinas Donghi

Letters of Alberto Pescetto

L’ideal by Piero Carlini

Roberto Giannoni and Wallace Stevens

Henry James returns to Genoa’s “Topographical Tangle”:

 

PART TWO: THE RECOVERED PORTRAIT   

The Recovered Portrait (Desmond Chute)

Dismantling James Laughlin’s Studio

Jonathan Galassi’s Muse

Stephen Spender and the Diary of Sintra

Bishop/Lowell: Privilege and Madness

Fernanda Pivano or Ms. America

The Pivanead, or, Pivano’s Diaries 1917-2009

Hemingway: Testaments Betrayed

James Joyce and Us

Andrea Carandini on Isaiah Berlin

Guido Fink at the Sign of Proteus

Elena Vivante and Camillo Sbarbaro

 

INTERLUDE: AN ITINERARY IN IMAGES   

 

PART THREE: IN SEARCH OF CASA BEATA

In Search of “Casa Beata” (Mrs. Riess)

Augusto, a Boy of the Fifties

Tut at Portofino, and the Herberts

Who Was Essad Bey?

Giorgio Ficara’s Riviera

A Game of Tennis with Ezra (Giuseppe Bacigalupo)

The Vivaldi Affair

Rapallo in an English Guidebook of 1903

A Tablet for Anna Maria Ortese

The Canadair of Tonino Milite

Seamus Heaney’s Human Chain

 

PART FOUR: TRANSLATING POETRY

A New Translation of XXX Cantos

Mary de Rachewiltz at Work on the Cantares

Connoisseurs of chaos: Wallace Stevens in progress

Shakespeare at 400

Anne Tyler’s Gauche Shrew

Translating Poetry

 

AFTERWORD

Michel David. Massimo Bacigalupo’s Literary Pilgrimages