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Series: NYRB Classics
Publication Date: October 15, 2019
Images and ShadowsPart of a Life
by Iris Origo
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
A masterly biographer here recounts her own story. All her work has delighted me, and in this autobiography she is at her best.
An elegiac autobiography...illuminating.
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.
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