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Book Title: Pallas and the Centaur|
The author of the book: Linda Proud
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Edition: Godstow Press
Date of issue: 2004
ISBN 13: 9780954736705
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Following the murders committed by the Pazzi Conspiracy, Lorenzo de' Medici sends his family out to the country under the care of Angelo Poliziano. Tommaso divides his time between Marsilio Ficino, whose translation of Plato he is helping to complete, and Poliziano, who is becoming increasingly helpless under the bitter onslaught of Lorenzo's wife, Clarice. The domestic conflict is a microcosm of Tuscany at war. Poliziano's sister, Maria, a survivor when her convent is razed by soldiers, makes her way to Florence to find the brother she barely knows. Together with Lorenzo's mother and Tommaso's wife, Maria works to find peace at a transcendental level. In the end, the fate of Florence hinges on one woman: Lorenzo's wife, Clarice.
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Read information about the authorI was born in the land of no hope and, around age 19, opted out and started saying no to everything life had to offer. I had a glorious two years of belated childhood then everything went dark. Though the pressure to conform suddenly intensified, I carried on saying no. I said no to what appeared to be my last chance. Then everything changed. I went into this period as a painter, came out as a writer, and since then I've said yes to everything and life has been completely magical.
While I was in Hades, I returned to a topic that had interested me at college, that of the Renaissance. Before long I was driven to tell the story of the men and ideas that surrounded Botticelli, against the dramatic backdrop of the Pazzi Conspiracy. I had to learn writing skills as I went. I had no idea, then, that I was writing a trilogy and that it would take thirty years to complete.
More practical information: I teach creative writing to American students on Oxford programmes, mainly those from Sarah Lawrence College. In 2008 I ran a course on writing historical fiction for the University's summer school, apparently the first of its kind.
I'm also an editor with one of the top literary consultancies, helping first time authors improve their chances of publication.
I get very bored writing this kind of stuff. More information can be found on
my website, on Godstow Press's site and Wikipedia. Sarah Johnson conducted a very good interview which can be found on readingthepast in March/April 2008.
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