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Messer Marco Polo by Donn Byrne
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Messer Marco Polo

by Donn Byrne

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Early Pulitzer Prize winner. Odd little novel, which presents the life of Marco Polo as a story told by an Irish bard. The Polo material has more to do with Coleridge's poem than history and creates a romance between Marco Polo and Kubla Khan's daughter. Does not stand up well. ( )
  Bjace | Jan 30, 2014 |
3090. Messer Marco Polo, by Donn Byrne. This is a book also from Starrett's 1955 list of 20th century books which will 'live' which has been republished and is in our local library--to my surprise, since I had never heard of the book before. It was first published in 1921 and is a fictional account of Marco Polo's romance in China, entirely fictional, but the language is poetic and felicitous. I thought it worth reading. (read July 4, 1998) ( )
  Schmerguls | Dec 12, 2007 |
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Donn Byrneprimary authorall editionscalculated
Falls, C. B.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lejeune, AnthonyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Messer Marco Polo is the fictionalized account of the travels of Marco Polo as told by Malichi Campbell, an Ulsterman. Polo is described as falling in love with the daughter of Kubla Khan. After her magicians save him from death in the desert, he stays and marries her. Following her death, Polo returns to Venice as an old man.… (more)

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