'The Tuscan landscape', writes H. V. Morton, 'is embroidered everywhere by human living, and there is scarcely a hill, a stream, a grove of trees, without its story of God, of love or death' - just as scarcely a page goes by without a story of enduring fascination in this enchanting account of Morton's travels in 1950s Italy, through the regions of Tuscany, Lombardy, Emilia and Veneto. Morton's characteristic anecdotes, whether relating the relocation to Venice of the remains of St Mark, describing superstitious lovers at Juliet's Tomb or evoking the castle dungeons of Ferrara, serve to make his warm and vivid style as engaging as the landscape and the era he records.
H. V. Morton (1892-1979) was one of the most popular travel writers of his time. After a brief period of military service he established a career as a journalist and became a reporter for Fleet Street's The Daily Express and The Daily Herald. H. V. Morton's debut as an author came in 1927 with 'In Search of England', a book that became a best seller. His genial writing style endeared him to the countless readers of the books he wrote about his travels around the British Isles, Spain, Italy and the Middle East between 1927 and 1950. In 1941 H. V. Morton accompanied the delegation which travelled to Newfoundland for the meeting between President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill which established the Allied policy for post Second World War Europe, known as the Atlantic Charter. Morton was famously present at the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb by archaeologist Howard Carter and his team in 1922. After the Second World War, H. V. Morton emigrated to South Africa where he lived until his death in 1979.
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