Rumor Reflection Author:Bernard Berenson Rumor and Reflection, first published by Simon and Schuster in 1952, is Berenson's wartime diary. It was written, first in his own home and then in his secret retreat near Florence, during four fateful years, from January 1, 1941, to November 12, 1944. — In hiding from the rage and violence of the Nazis and Fascists, he formed the habit of jo... more »tting down, in an uninhibited and unhurried diary, his day-to-day impressions of what was happening in Italy and the world beyond. From these entries comes the "rumor" of his title. But he also recorded the "reflections" wjhich were kindled in his restless and spiritually alert mind by reading, by the death of friends, by "foreign wars and malice domestic," by solitary walks among the olive-crowned, pine-plumed, cypress-guarded hills, overlooking Florence, and by thinking back over his long and already legendary life.
This extraordinary journal may therefore be justly compared with The Education of Henry Adams, the criticism of Saintsbury, and the later autobiographical chronicles of Santayana, all three close friends of Berenson. It was written while the skies o f Florence were turning red and the Tuscan hills were trembling with the sound of artillery fire.
In Rumor and Reflection we are privileged to peer into the mind and heart of a rare creative spirit, and share direct and intimate communication with one of the most civilized minds of our times.« less