Of all James' travel writings, this volume holds the most pleasure for the reader -- as a warm, careful introduction to a beloved country, as a happy experience shared, and as one of the world's great examples of expository writing.
The 22 essays in Henry James's Italian hours represent a type of travel writing that provides a journey through time as much as over terrain. This first fully annotated edition presents unique insights into the way 19th-century Europe was rapidly changing during James's life as well as practical help for modern travellers to Italy. Lovingly edited, annotated, and introduced by John Auchard. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)