History of My Life, Volume 11

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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 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

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My amour vrith Dona Ignacia the gentlemancobblert
26
Campomanei 0lavides Sierra Moreno Aranjuei Mengt
37
My amour with Dona Ignacia Signor Moccnigo returns to
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commit an indiscretion which makes Manuzsi my bitterest
98
paff
127
My stay in AizenProvence serious illness the unknown woman
157
Maraszani punished My departure from Lugano Turin Monsieur
187
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3
Supper at an inn with Armellina and Emilia
33
EXTRACT FROM CHAPTERS IV
90
page 111
111
The Dowager Electress of Saxony and Farinelli La Selopitz Nina
138
take a traveling companion in the person of a Jew from Aneona
174
pase
186
Adventures in Trieste I do the Tribunal of the Venetian State
214

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Rome The perfidious actor punished Lord Baltimore Naplei
252
My amour with Callimena My journey to Sorrento Medini Gou
282
NOTES
239
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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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