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Frances Mayes

Frances Mayes grew up in Fitzgerald, Georgia, and attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College and the University of Florida. She is a poet, essayist and professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University. She relocated to Cortona, Italy after she bought and renovated a rundown Tuscan farmhouse, Bramasole (literally, "yearning for the sun"... See full bio »

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 2003 Under the Tuscan Sun (book "Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy")

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Book: "A Year in the World", 2006 See more »

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My bestselling poetry book sold -- let's see -- probably around 2,000 copies... 'Under the Tuscan Sun' just passed 1 million copies, and it's been translated into 18 languages.


Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 137, pages 272-274. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.

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