The essential thrust of this book is an examination of the origins and development of the satirical element of Stendal's writing in Italy, which culminates with the creation of what many critics consider to be his finest achievement, the novel La Chartreuse de Parme.
Contains 29 essays on subjects relating to the French Enlightenment, written in 1975 to mark the retirement of Professor Robert Nicklaus, Head of Department of French and Italian at the University of Exeter.
Is the 'West Country' on the map or in the mind? Is it the south-west peninsula of Britain or a semi-mythical country offering a home for those in pursuit of the romance of wrecking, smuggling and a rural Golden Age? This book investigates these questions in the context of the relationship between place and writing.