Casanova

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For more than two hundred years, Giacomo Casanova has been infamous as the archetypal elegant libertine. He gained considerable fortune by living on just his wits, luck and charm, but this same decadent lifestyle almost left him destitute. Uncontrollably ruled by an insatiable desire for sex, he attracted women with his seductive charm and endless generosity, and was irresistible as a lover. He believed himself to be in love with many of the beautiful women he pursued, and unusually for his time, he often treated...
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Overview

For more than two hundred years, Giacomo Casanova has been infamous as the archetypal elegant libertine. He gained considerable fortune by living on just his wits, luck and charm, but this same decadent lifestyle almost left him destitute. Uncontrollably ruled by an insatiable desire for sex, he attracted women with his seductive charm and endless generosity, and was irresistible as a lover. He believed himself to be in love with many of the beautiful women he pursued, and unusually for his time, he often treated them as equals and remained dear friends with them long after the affairs ended. For this compelling account of Casanova's life, Derek Parker has studied Casanova's memoirs along with other sources on his life and eighteenth-century European society. He reveals the true motivations and complex nature of an extraordinarily adventurous man, a legend in both his own time and ours.
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A prolific writer on a range of popular topics, Parker here delves into the icon of great Italian lovers Giacomo Casanova (1725-98). He draws heavily on Casanova's autobiography, both because it has proved remarkable accurate, and because there are few other sources of information about him. One insight is that his obsession with seducing women was just a special case of wanting everyone to adore him. The book is distributed by National Book Network. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780750931823
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Derek Parker has been a freelance writer and journalist since the 1960's. He is the author of more than forty books, including Nell Gwyn, and Roman Murder Mystery: The True Story of Pompilia. With his wife, Julia, he has written books on astrology, dream interpretation and popular psychology, including the bestselling The Complete Astrologer.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi
Introduction vii
A Note on Proper Names xi
1 Being there, having that 1
2 The Abate and the Ladies 19
3 Eastern Promise 36
4 'Tu oublieras aussi Henriette' 47
5 C.C. and M.M. 65
6 Escape from the Leads 80
7 The Chevalier de Seingalt 109
8 Transmigration of Souls 124
9 To London and Despair 149
10 Restless Travels--Russia, Poland, Portugal 165
11 Germany, Spain and Incarceration 179
12 Indefinite Wanderings 191
13 The Final Act 207
A Note on Currency 215
Notes 216
Bibliography 226
Index 228
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