Venetian life, nineteenth century style
|Plaque to William Dean Howells|
It turned out to be William Dean Howells, author of Venetian Life.
WDH (1837-1920) was the American Consul in Venice in the early 1860s, a post 'unclouded by any obligation to work.' The young man (he was only in his mid-twenties) was thus free to potter about the city and the result was Venetian Life (1866), a wryly observed account of the three years he spent here.
|Palazzo Falier Canossa|
I know just how he felt!