LACY COLLISON-MORLEY (1875–1958)
Giuseppe Baretti: With An Account Of His Literary Friendships And Feuds In Italy And In England In The Days Of Dr. Johnson (1909)
"The Italian portion of this biography is based, apart from Baretti's own writings, upon the Life by Custodi prefixed to his "Scritti scelti, inediti o rari di G. Baretti", and upon Piccioni's admirable researches, which embody and supplement practically all that is of value in the work of his predecessors. The English portion of Baretti's life I have endeavoured to reconstruct, as far as possible, from the available literature of the period ; and in a biography intended for English readers this portion has naturally been made the most prominent. Baretti's life in England is so closely connected with that of Johnson and his friends that the temptation to go over old ground and re-tell old stories is very strong, and I only hope that I may not be thought to have yielded to it too freely." (Preface)
Modern Italian Literature (1911)
Contains Italian terminology and literary fragments.
"By the end of the sixteenth century the great literary and artistic movement of the Renaissance had spent itself in Italy, and with it the interest of the few people who still care for Italian literature in this country usually comes to an abrupt end. But if Agamemnon was not the first of the world’s heroes, neither Dante, nor even Tasso, was the last of Italy’s poets. It is true that she ceased to lead the way in literature. Her best energies were absorbed in other directions. But during the eighteenth century there was a steady revival. Literature became more and more modern and drew closer and closer to life as national feeling developed. This was thoroughly awakened by the French Revolution and finally took definite shape. With the restoration of Bourbon and Austrian rule in the peninsula. From that time national unity and independence became the ideal of all that was best in the country, and the artists and men of letters were among the most enthusiastic supporters of the cause. Hitherto the literary revival, which went hand in hand with the national revival, has had no share in the interest that the romantic story of the Risorgimento has recently aroused in England. It is true that in the period with which we are concerned Italian literature did not influence our own, but, on the other hand." (Preface)
Shakespeare In Italy (1916)
Naples Through The Centuries (1925)
Contains a poem in Italian.
"THAT invaluable topographer, Celano, was led to write what is still the classical guide-book to Naples because he heard two foreigners in the Duomo saying that there was nothing to see there but the sea and the sky. As there was then no Pompeii and no Museum, the average tourist would probably make much the same remark to-day. One can hardly expect a traveller fresh from Florence or Rome to grow enthusiastic about the monuments of Naples, for neither her art nor her architecture, hardly even her history, is of the same importance, and he may well be glad of the excuse to throw aside his guide-book and give himself up to enjoying the beauty of the incomparable Bay and the interest of the teeming life of the city. If he has only a day or so to spare, he could not do better. But for those who have a little more time on their hands and can devote a week or two to her, Naples herself will prove a subject of boundless interest. It is true that most of her monuments in their present form belong to the Barocco period and are not of the first rank. Indeed, nature has done so much for the Neapolitan, that he seems to have given up all idea of trying to do much for himself. But as landmarks in her history they are extraordinarily interesting, and it is only when seen in this light that we can hope to understand their true significance. This book, which does not pretend to be a substitute for Baedeker or Augustus Hare, is an attempt to give some idea of what the Siren city has stood for at different periods during her long life. The material is scattered, for there is no standard work on Naples, but there is, of course, far more than can possibly find its way into these pages." (Preface)
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