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Title:
History of my life
Author:
Casanova, Giacomo, 1725-1798.
Uniform Title:
Mémoires. English
Edition:
Johns Hopkins paperbacks edition.
Publication Information:
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.

©1966
Physical Description:
12 volumes in 6 : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Translation of: Histoire de ma vie.

Originally published: New York : Harcourt, Brace & World, 1966.
Language:
English
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9780801856624

9780801856631

9780801856648

9780801856655

9780801856662

9780801856679
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

In volumes 1 and 2, Casanova tells the story of his family, his first loves, and his early travels. With the death of his grandmother, he is sent to a seminary--but is soon expelled. He is briefly imprisoned in the fortress of Sant' Andrea. After wandering from Naples to Rome in search of a patron, he enters the service of Cardinal Acquaviva.

About this edition: Because every previous edition of Casanova'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.


Author Notes

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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