The Light in the Piazza and Other Italian Tales

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Elizabeth Spencer’s 1960 novella about the conflict between maternal love and responsibility inspired our 2004 world premiere production of the musical The Light in the Piazza, directed by Bartlett Sher, which went on to Broadway in 2005 and earned a total of 11 Tony Award nominations, ultimately winning six.

Elizabeth Spencer is captivated by Italy. Some of her most acclaimed work is set there. Collected in this volume are "The Light in the Piazza, " which is her signature piece, and six other Italian tales in which her American characters encounter and respond to the mysteries of Italian mores. Her plots are so alluring and enigmantic that the great Boccaccio would have been charmed by their delightful ironies and their sinister contrasts of dark and light. Elizabeth's Spencer's exceptional artisty has merited renown for her as one of America's best writers of short stories.