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by Lily Tuck

Category: Arts and Literature
Subcategory: Memoris and Biographies
Author: Lily Tuck
ISBN: 006147259X
ISBN13: 978-0061472596
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (July 28, 2009)
Pages: 288
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Woman of Rome A Life of Elsa Morante Lily Tuck Contents Introduction One Two Uncles Two Secret Games Three Diary 1938 Four The War Years Five House of Liars. A Life of Elsa Morante.

Woman of Rome A Life of Elsa Morante Lily Tuck Contents Introduction One Two Uncles Two Secret Games Three Diary 1938 Four The War Years Five House of Liars.

This book is about Elsa Morante, married longer with Alberto Moravia The author, Lily Tuck, thought they appeared to be protective of Ms. Morante’s life, a life which was quite unusual.

This book is about Elsa Morante, married longer with Alberto Moravia. The author has a particular style: in fact we have learned to know Lily Tuck in the last years for his sensibility and the ability of writing. This approach between those two women is sufficiently unease to understand, because the two contexts, the American and the Roman, is very different. The author, Lily Tuck, thought they appeared to be protective of Ms. Elsa Morante and her husband lived an ‘open marriage,’ prior to and after post-war Rome. Her famous writer husband, Alberto Moravia, was author of the famous book and movie, Two Women.

It's little wonder why Lily Tuck was drawn to write the first biography of Elsa Morante, one of the most celebrated writers in Italy during her lifetime, who remains virtually unknown in America.

Elsa Morante was born in 1912 to an unconventional family of modest means

Elsa Morante was born in 1912 to an unconventional family of modest means. National Book Award winner Tuck (The News from Paraguay) here examines the life of Italian writer Elsa Morante, who made a significant contribution to Italian literature of the last century with such.

Lily Tuck (born October 10, 1938) is an American novelist and short story writer whose novel The News from Paraguay won the 2004 National Book Award for Fiction. Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante. New York: Harper Collins, 2008. ISBN 978-0-06-147256-5. Her novel Siam was nominated for the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction She has published five other novels, two collections of short stories, and a biography of Italian novelist Elsa Morante. "National Book Awards – 2004".

After leaving home at 18, Morante had numerous love affairs while she was embarking on her career, publishing short stories in Italian newspapers and magazines. She met Moravia, already an established writer, in 1937, and they married in 1941.

Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante. National Public Radio All Things Considered interview with Tuck (audio file). Chapter One of The News from Paraguay. Dream House," a short story by Lily Tuck. Author Bio, Photo, and National Book Award Acceptance Speech. Charlie Rose interview with Lily Tuck and 2004 National Book Award Finalists (video file).

Lily Tuck is the author of nine novels: The Double Life of Liliane, "I Married You For Happiness", "Interviewing Matisse or the Woman Who Died Standing Up", "The Woman Who Walked on Water", "Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man", and "The News from Paraguay". She has also authored two short story collections, "Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived" and "The House at Belle Fontaine", as well as a biography, "Woman of Rome: The Life of Elsa Morante"

Born in 1912 to an unconventional family of modest means, Elsa Morante .

Born in 1912 to an unconventional family of modest means, Elsa Morante grew up with an independent spirit, a formidable will, and an unshakable commitment to writing. And until now few Americans have known of this remarkable woman and her powerful, original talent.

A Life of Elsa Morante.

The first biography in any language of one of the most celebrated Italian writers of the twentieth century.

Born in 1912 to an unconventional family of modest means, Elsa Morante grew up with an independent spirit, a formidable will, and an unshakable commitment to writing. Forced to hide from the Fascists during World War II in a remote mountain hut with her husband, renowned author Alberto Moravia, she re-emerged at war's end to take her place among the premier Italian writers of her day. When Rome was film capital of the world, she counted Pasolini, Visconti, and the young Bertolucci among her circle of friends. She was charismatic, beautiful, and fiercely intelligent; her marriage, a passionate union of literary giants, captivated a nation; her love affairs were intense and often tragic. And until now few Americans have known of this remarkable woman and her powerful, original talent.

Comments to eBook Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante
Snake Rocking
I skimmed through this book; I didn’t like it. However, it’s not the author’s fault. It was difficult for her to retrieve information out of friends and family of the late author, Elsa Morante (Arturo’s Island). The author, Lily Tuck, thought they appeared to be protective of Ms. Morante’s life, a life which was quite unusual. Elsa Morante and her husband lived an ‘open marriage,’ prior to and after post-war Rome.

Her famous writer husband, Alberto Moravia, was author of the famous book and movie, Two Women. During the war, the two spent a year hiding in a remote farming village from the Germans during the 1930s.

Elsa Morante wasn’t college educated, but wrote several well-known books, such as Arturo’s Island, History and House of Lies.
Anarius
This book is about Elsa Morante, married longer with Alberto Moravia. The author has a particular style: in fact we have learned to know Lily Tuck in the last years for his sensibility and the ability of writing.
This approach between those two women is sufficiently unease to understand, because the two contexts, the American and the Roman, is very different.
But Tuck is able to entry in the typical aspects of the Roman life, and she offers to us a beautiful picture of all that, with a quantity of particularities such that every lector can be satisfied.
Gavinranadar
As a huge fan of Elsa Morante, I was delighted to read such an interesting, insightful, and well written biography.
Cordanius
I am an English professor and did not really know the work of this
writer. The book spurred my interest and now I will find some of
Morante's novels and read them. A provocative study of her life
and relationships and nicely written.
Qus
This was a fantastic book.
Dordred
From the original review I read in the New York Times Book Review section I expected a biography of some depth. This sliver of a book skips along and does not have the depth I expected though it does include direct references to her books. But I feel as though I do not know Elsa Morante. The connect between reader and subject is totally lacking for me
Arabella V.
This book is an injustice to an Italian treasure and not only one that made me incur a great deal of anger in the reading but also shows that this author should remain a fiction writer and never attempt to do a biography again if she wishes to be taken as a serious scholarly writer.
One must admit that this venture may have started out as a sincere and even loving attempt but despite the author, admitting she had a limited knowledge of Italian (but a staff at her disposal), wrote the most disorganized work I have ever witnessed by a noted writer.
Author admits to being intrigued by Morante but then goes off on tangents all over the work, most often in the middle of vital chapters about her own "connections" because of her father and how he was a member of an elite cinema club where the café society of Italy often met. She seemed to have picked the brain of anyone she could find living in Italy who was associated with the author. Some of these interviews do give important insight but Ms. Tuck ruins whatever was culled by expounding on Elsa Morante's sexual encounters some of which may not have taken place.
In layman terms, a great deal of this book relies on the imagination of Ms. Tuck, after she interviewed some critics and friends of the author who may have already exaggerated certain events upon which Ms. Tuck further added her own fantasies.
I read the book from cover to cover and became angrier and angrier. As a Morante enthusiast, I was disillusioned that what was supposed to be a tribute turned out to be an attempt to undercover scandal which really was not there to begin with.
Ms. Tuck was riding high on a wave when this book was published and could have been "under the gun" to release this manuscript but again, how could such a prestigious publisher allow this?
I am sorry because I tried to like this effort but apart from some interesting points brought out, this book is a disorganized mess and perhaps, Ms. Tuck experienced more than one door closed on her (as she reports in the intro that a portiere closed the door in her face).
I bought this book at a deep discount close-out store and was glad I didn't pay more.

It is supposedly a biography of what I finally concluded was a very progressive female writer from Rome, Elsa Morante who lived from 1912 to 1985. I say this this way because the author seems to assume the reader knows in advance who this "woman of Rome" is. Frankly if you didn't know that, it took some time to figure out. That Elsa Morante as a writer was evident early on but the open question was why she merited someone writing a book about her.

Even after I finished the book I'd categorize it first as a scattered review of Morante's works and far less a biography. Another reviewer indicated that it lacked depth. I concur completely. It was like a summary of every topic, her early years, her marriage, her behavior, her books and short stories. As a result it was rather "empty". For anyone who has a special interest in Morante, the books does contain 16 pages of black and white photographs.
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