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Italian Life and Legends

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Italian Life and Legends by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie offers a fascinating glimpse into the captivating culture and traditions of Italy. The author's vivid descriptions transport readers to the bustling streets of Italian cities and the picturesque countryside, immersing them in the beauty and charm of the country. Through a series of engaging anecdotes and stories, Ritchie delves into Italian history, folklore, and customs, shedding light on the rich tapestry of Italian life.

One of the highlights of the book is Ritchie's exploration of Italian legends and myths, such as the stories of saints, heroes, and mythical creatures that have been passed down through generations. These tales not only entertain readers but also offer insights into the values and beliefs of the Italian people.

Overall, Italian Life and Legends is a delightful read for anyone interested in Italian culture and history. Ritchie's lyrical prose and heartfelt appreciation for Italy shine through in this enchanting collection of stories, making it a must-read for lovers of all things Italian.

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A mix of short works written by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie during her residence in Florence from 1864-65, this collection was edited and prepared for publication by her sister, Mary Thompson, wife of artist, Cephas Giovanni Thompson, after her death. It contains short stories, legends, historical sketches, profiles of noted Italian performers and foreign literati, and even an account of a devastating flood of the Arno that the author witnessed. - Summary by Kelly S. Taylor

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