In the Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny (Paperback)Daisy Dunn (author)
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'Never less than compelling ... She consistently succeeds in bringing what might otherwise seem dusty and remote to vivid life' Tom Holland, Literary Review
'Starts with an erupting volcano - and then gets more exciting ... Wonderfully rich, witty, insightful and wide-ranging' Sarah Bakewell
In a dazzling, lively new literary biography, Daisy Dunn weaves together the lives of two Roman greats: Pliny the Elder, author of Natural History, and his nephew Pliny the Younger, who inherited his uncle's notebooks and intellectual legacy.
Breathing vivid life back into the Plinys, Daisy Dunn charts the extraordinary lives of two outstanding minds and their lasting legacy on the world.
'A fascinating, compelling and excellent biography'
Simon Sebag Montefiore
'Immensely entertaining and readable ... Thoroughly recommended'
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm
'A fascinating, compelling and excellent biography of the two great Plinys of Ancient Rome, as well as a celebration of nature, a study of literature and the human soul, and a lens into Roman society itself ... This work of both scholarship and entertainment, arranged in Plinyesque seasons rather than strict chronology, is a delight that befits their high standards.' Simon Sebag Montefiore
'Starts with an erupting volcano - and then gets more exciting. A wonderfully rich, witty, insightful and wide-ranging portrait of the two Plinys ... and their world.' Sarah Bakewell
'Daisy Dunn's book is an absolute delight. Meticulously researched and beautifully crafted, it shines a clear beam of light into the private lives of Pliny the Elder and Younger.' Giles Milton
'Immensely entertaining and readable .... Dunn has given us a delightful new biography ... Thoroughly recommended' Sunday Times
'Never less than compelling ... Without ever veering into historical fiction, she consistently succeeds in bringing what might otherwise seem dusty and remote to vivid life ... A portrait of the Roman Empire that gives the reader something of the shiver down the spine that Herculaneum can inspire' Tom Holland, Literary Review
'It is a story ...retold with vivid flair...Dunn knits [the two Plinys'] lives together well and analyses the influence that they would have later on scholars from the Italian Renaissance to the English Romantic poets' The Times
'An enthralling and ambitious book ... Dunn has a great eye for a story, and writes wonderfully' The Daily Telegraph
'If only Daisy Dunn's book had been around back when I was an aspiring classicist ... Dunn is a good writer, with some of the easy erudition of Mary Beard ... Her translations of both Plinys are graceful and precise ... Her enthusiasm, together with her eye for the odd, surprising detail, wins you over' New York Times
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