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Up and Down

(1918)
A novel by

 
Up and Down by E. F. Benson

I do not know whether in remote generations some trickle of Italian blood went to the making of that entity which I feel to be myself, or whether in some previous incarnation I enjoyed a Latin existence, nor do I greatly care: all that really concerns me is that the moment the train crawls out from its burrowings through the black roots of pine-scented mountains into the southern openings of the Alpine tunnels, I am conscious that I have come home. I greet the new heaven and the new earth, or, perhaps more accurately, the beloved old heaven and the beloved old earth; I hail the sun, and know that something within me has slept and dreamed and yearned while I lived up in the north, and wakes again now with the awakening of Brunnhilde....
The conviction is as unfathomable and as impervious to analysis as the springs of character, and if it is an illusion I am deceived by it as completely as by some master-trick of conjuring. It is not merely that I love for their own sakes the liquid and dustless thoroughfares of Venice, the dim cool churches and galleries that glow with the jewels of Bellini and Tintoret, the push of the gliding gondola round the corners of the narrow canals beneath the mouldering cornices and mellow brickwork, for I should love these things wherever they happened to be, and the actual spell of Venice would be potent if Venice was situated in the United States of America or in Manchester. But right at the back of all Venetian sounds and scents and sights sits enthroned the fact that the theatre of those things is in Italy. Florence has her spell, too, when from the hills above it in the early morning you see her hundred towers pricking the mists; Rome the imperial has her spell, when at sunset you wander through the Forum and see the small blue campanulas bubbling out of the crumbling travertine, while the Coliseum glows like a furnace of molten amber, or pushing aside the leather curtain you pass into the huge hushed halls of St. Peter's; Naples has her spell, and the hill-side of Assisi hers, but all these are but the blossoms that cluster on the imperishable stem that nourishes them. Yet for all the waving of these wands, it is not Bellini nor Tintoret, nor Pope nor Emperor who gives the spells their potency, but Italy, the fact of Italy. Indeed (if in soul you are an Italian) you will find the spell not only and not so fully in the churches and forums and galleries of cities, but on empty hill-sides and in orchards, where the vine grows in garlands from tree to tree, and the purple clusters of shadowed grapes alternate with the pale sunshine of the ripened lemons. There, more than among marbles, you get close to that which the lover of Italy adores in her inviolable shrine, and if you say that such adoration is very easily explicable since lemon trees and vines are beautiful things, we will take some example that shall be really devoid of beauty to anyone who has not Italy in his heart, but to her lover is more characteristic of her than any of her conventional manifestations.

 
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April 2016 : Paperback
Title: Up and Down
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-5329-0349-9 / 978-1-5329-0349-6
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September 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: Up and Down (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-331-25505-8 / 978-1-331-25505-5 (UK edition)
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August 2015 : Paperback
Title: Up and Down
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-5170-5887-2 / 978-1-5170-5887-6
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September 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: Up and Down
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-4068-4590-6 / 978-1-4068-4590-7 (UK edition)
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September 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: Up and Down
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-287-53041-9 / 978-1-287-53041-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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May 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: Up and Down
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-4733-0657-4 / 978-1-4733-0657-8 (UK edition)
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May 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: Up and down
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-153-67220-0 / 978-1-153-67220-7 (USA edition)
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May 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: Up And Down
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-286-67144-2 / 978-1-286-67144-3 (USA edition)
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Up and down
Author(s): E F 1867-1940 Benson
ISBN: 1-172-32156-6 / 978-1-172-32156-8 (USA edition)
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February 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Up and Down
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-144-58167-2 / 978-1-144-58167-9 (USA edition)
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January 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Up and Down
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-142-86576-2 / 978-1-142-86576-4 (USA edition)
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May 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Up and Down
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
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