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Oct 15, 2019 | ISBN 9781681373652

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“An elegiac autobiography . . . illuminating.” —The Daily Telegraph

Images and Shadows, written with all the lucidity and lightness of touch for which she was widely admired, is extremely enjoyable. It is an engrossing picture of an earlier age, clever, full of acute literary asides, and with a kind of philosophizing that seems to belong to a time when writers did not have to make excuses when they reflected on the principles of morality and religion that governed their lives.” —Caroline Moorehead, The Spectator

“[Origo’s] autobiography is distinguished by its beautiful prose style, its moral and psychological intelligence, and its vivid social history. . . . Among her distinctions is the fact that her personal writings are the works of a biographer and historian by temperament, training and practice. This . . . is of course what makes her personal writing so penetrating and valuable. But Iris combines this habit of mind with the techniques and ironic distance of a novelist of manners, which is what makes her observations so thoroughly readable.”— Beth Gutcheon, The Hudson Review
“A masterly biographer here recounts her own story. All her work has delighted me, and in this autobiography she is at her best.” —Raymond Mortimer
“This is a small classic of autobiography in which Iris Origo recreates the lost mad world of Bernard Berenson and the Anglo-American artistic coterie in Florence. She is marvellous at nuances of place and personality, writing with a subtle mingling of candour and affection that lingers in the mind. Her courageous account of wartime struggles at La Foce in Tuscany where she lived after her marriage is one of the most moving memoirs of the Second World War I have ever read.” —Fiona MacCarthy
“A true cosmopolite of vast energy and stunning intelligence . . . Origo was the rare person of privilege who used her position for the real betterment of the world.” —Nicholas Fox Weber, The New York Times

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