A House in Sicily

A House in Sicily

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Baker & Taylor
An American woman who inherited a house in Sicily in 1947 tells the enchanting story of why she decided to stay, and the four decades of good living she has had in a small Italian village--the goodwill of her neighbors and her numerous guests, who included Tennessee Williams and Henry Faulkner.

Blackwell North Amer
Tennessee Williams, Bertrand Russell, Roald Dahl, and Henry Faulkner didn't come merely to Sicily. They came to Casa Cusenia perfectly proportioned house built in golden stone on a hillside in Taormina commanding a breathtaking view of the majestic Mr. Etna and the sparkling coastal waters of the lonian Sea - where they enjoyed the warm hospitality of a modest, independent Englishwoman named Daphne Phelps.
For fifty years Casa Cuseni has been home to Daphne Phelps, and in this charming memoir she tells its story: a story that began in 1947 when, with next to no knowledge of Italian and precious little money, a war-weary, thirty-four-year-old Daphne arrived in the small Sicilian Town of Taormina to sell the house she had unexpectedly inherited. Instead, she fell in love, not just with airy quarters and lovely gardens but also with a community and its way of life. To raise the money that would enable her to keep her splendid inheritance, and to save it from certain demolition, Daphne opened its doors to the artists, writers, students, friends, and professional escapists who found their way to the wondrous, inviting Casa Cuseni.
No less important to Daphne's story of a house and its people, though, are the local Sicilians with whom she has shared the love and care of Casa Cuseni.

& Taylor

An American woman who inherited a house in Sicily in 1947 tells the story of her four decades of good living in a small Italian village, highlighting the goodwill of her neighbors and her numerous guests, including Tennessee Williams, Henry Faulkner, and Bertrand Russell

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graff, c1999
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graff ed
ISBN: 9780786706563
Branch Call Number: 945.8 PHE
Characteristics: xiv, 270 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm


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Feb 12, 2017

A very enjoyable memoir - I've always wanted to go to Sicily.

Apr 01, 2015

I loved this book. I'm about to visit Sicily and I learned so much of day to day life by reading the book. The stories of Daphne's experiences are told in a very engaging way.


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