History of My Life, Volume 3

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JHU Press, May 22, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 728 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

Volume
3
buy a fine carriage and leave for Parma with the old Captain
20
set out from Bologna a happy man The Captain leaves us
38
page
54
CHA PTER VI page
89
CHA PTE R W II page
107
My apprenticeship in Paris Portraits Oddities Things many
123
My blunders in French my successes my numerous acquaintances
145
page 19
19
Continuation of the preceding chapter First assignation with
35
CHA PTER IV page 54
54
give M M my portrait Her present to me I go to the opera
71
CHA PTE R W II page 109
109
Monsieur de Bernis departs leaving me his rights to the casino
126
H A PT E R IX page 147
147
The affair of the sham nun ends amusingly M M learns that I
166

run foul of the law in Paris Mademoiselle Vesian
173
H A PTE R x I page
198
CHA PTE R XIII page
235
Progress of my love affair with the beautiful C C
253
Continuation of my love affair with C C Signor Bragadin asks
268
come into money again My adventure at Dolo Analysis of
286
NOTES page
305
Volume 4
The beautiful patient I cure her Plot hatched to ruin me Inci
182
Under the Leads Earthquake
199
Warious occurrences Companions I prepare my escape Change
220
CHA PTER XIV page 258
258
Soradaci turns traitor How I overawe him Father Balbi success
280
CHA PTE R XVI page 305
303
Giovanni Battista Manuzzis Report to the Inquisitors Concerning
355

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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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