Venice and the Cultural Imagination: ‘This Strange Dream Upon the Water’ / eds. Michael O'Neill, Mark Sandy, Sarah Wootton
Review Date:5 Jul 2012
At the start of his brilliant essay ‘Venice’, first published in 1882, Henry James famously commented that there ‘was nothing new’ to be said about the city. An equally famous quotation is to be found in the first edition of Murray’s Handbook for travellers in Northern Italy published forty years earlier: ‘no one enters Venice a stranger.’ (1842, p.