February 11, 2022 / Etta Madden / Subscribe

Good News about Engaging Italy!

Hey, friends. Happy Friday! Surely as we head into Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day weekend you can find a reason to be happy?  

I have a big reason to be happy here, and so this message. It is not my typical newsletter or blog, but I received great news a couple of days ago about Engaging Italy. SUNY Press is running a 50% off sale this month, which includes even pre-orders. That means hardcover copies of Engaging Italy are available for the rest of February for significantly less than the list price.  

The cover of Engaging Italy, available for pre-order from SUNY Press

If you don’t want to wait for the paper copy, which will be out in October, you can invest just a little bit more for a hardcover copy, which will arrive in April.  

Perhaps even the sale price ($47.50 rather than $95) is not for you and your budget? Understood. But you might pass along the information to your library. They can take advantage of the sale price, too!  

Pre-order at the sale price now through February 28th through this link.

Look for the Website Launch Sale promo code to apply the discount to your order. 

And, in case you don’t recall details about the book content, here’s a blurb: 


Engaging Italy charts the intertwined lives and writings of three American women in Italy in the 1860s and ’70s—journalist Anne Hampton Brewster (1818–92), orphanage and industrial school founder Emily Bliss Gould (1825–75), and translator Caroline Crane Marsh (1816–1901). Brewster, Gould, and Marsh found new callings while living abroad. The political and religious unrest they encountered during Italian Unification prompted these women to engage with these changes and to take up their pens—both privately and publicly. 

Though little-known today, their diaries, letters, poetry, and news accounts help to rewrite the story of American women abroad inherited from figures such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, and Henry James. 

Both feminist recovery project and collective biography, Engaging Italy contributes to the growing body of scholarship on transatlantic nineteenth-century women writers while focusing particular attention on the shared texts and ties linking Brewster, Gould, and Marsh.

Do you or does anyone you know write reviews? If so, let me know. I’d be happy to help arrange a review copy of Engaging Italy.   

And from Italy:

From Sicily: a friend (former student, now colleague) shared a picture yesterday of flowering almond trees near Comiso—a sure sign that spring is on the way!   

From the Piedmont: another friend passed along a link to the vineyard Vinchio Vaglio, the fantastic hiking trails surrounding it, and a nearby B & B.  I’ve added it to my travel list!

As always, a reminder that I love hearing from you. Please continue to send along your feedback and your thoughts and dreams about Italy. 

I look forward to sharing more news about “All Things Italy” and Engaging Italy in a future message. 

Until then, stay well, and keep reading,  

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Etta Madden