History of My Life, Volume 9

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JHU Press, May 22, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 856 pages
Giacomo Casanova was born in Venice in 1725. His parents, both actors, wanted him to become a priest, but their hopes were dashed when, at sixteen, he was expelled from the seminary for immoral misconduct. Probably best-known for his reputation as a womanizer, Casanova was in turn a secretary, a soldier in the Venetian army, a preacher, an alchemist, a gambler, a violinist, a lottery director, and a spy. He translated Homer's Iliad into Italian and collaborated with Da Ponte on the libretto for Mozart's Don Giovanni. He retired in 1785 to the castle of a friend - Count Waldstein of Bohemia - in order to write his memoirs. Because every previous edition of Casonova's Memoirs had been abridged to suppress the author's political and religious views and tame his vivid, often racy, style, the literary world considered it a major event when Willard R. Trask's translation of the complete original text was published in six double volumes between 1966 and 1971. Trask's award-winning translation now appears in paperback for the first time.
 

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Long book with at times amusing stories of the trouble Casanova finds himself, however i think i expected more of the writing, or work, or something instead Casanova seems to tell his story as one ... Read full review

Contents

page
3
Volume
9
My brother the Abate and his base behavior I take away his mis
22
My arrival in Marseilles Madame dUrfe My niece i vcett
45
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77
page
105
vag
137
My arrival in London Mrs Cornelys I am presented at Court
159
The Hanoverian mother and daughters
625
Augusta becomes Lord Pembrokes mistress by a contract drawn
17
My cure Daturi beaten by soldiers Departure for Brunswick
37
Lord Keith Appointment with the King of Prussia in the garden
63
My stay in Riga Campioni SainteHelene DAragon Arrival
90
Crevecoeur Baumbach Journey to Moscow Continuation of
115
see the Czarina My conversations with that great sovereign
139
My duel with Branicki Journey to Leopol and return to Warsaw
173

3frs Cornelyss assembly Adventure at Kanelagh Roust Disgust
189
Paulines story My happiness Her departure
515
Peculiarities of the English CastelBajac Count Schwerin
551
pag
573
BottareUi Letter from Pauline in care of Senhor de Saa
536
NOTES page
620
My arrival in Dresden with Maton Her present to me Leipzig
214
receive an order to leave Vienna The Empress modifies it
239
My stay in Spa The blow A sword thrust Crosin Charlotte
270
My departure from Paris My journey to Madrid The Count
297
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Giacomo Casanova was born in Venice in 1725. His parents, both actors, wanted him to become a priest, but their hopes were dashed when, at sixteen, he was expelled from seminary for immoral misconduct. Probably best-known for his reputation as a womanizer, Casanova was in turn a secretary, a soldier in the Venetian army, a preacher, an alchemist, a gambler, a violinist, a lottery director, and a spy. He translated Homer's Iliad into Italian and collaborated with Da Ponte on the libretto for Mozart's Don Giovanni. He retired in 1785 to the castle of a friend--Count Waldstein of Bohemia--in order to write his memoirs.

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