Casanova: His Known and Unknown Life

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Here is the first biography of Casanova, "the king of all adventurers," the great gallant of the Eighteenth Century. Liar, forger, cardsharp, adulterer, seducer, he had only his wits to protect him from unmasking - and the resultant imprisonment and poverty. Yet in the midst of his ruthless existence he found time to be, also, a student to the humanities, a philosopher, dramatist and poet.

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Overview

Here is the first biography of Casanova, "the king of all adventurers," the great gallant of the Eighteenth Century. Liar, forger, cardsharp, adulterer, seducer, he had only his wits to protect him from unmasking - and the resultant imprisonment and poverty. Yet in the midst of his ruthless existence he found time to be, also, a student to the humanities, a philosopher, dramatist and poet.

His Memoirs, famous through they are, have been unavailable to all but a few, and cover but a portion of his career. Mr. Endore has undertaken to sift out the falsehood in the Memoirs, fill in their hiatuses, and complete the lifestory, basing it upon the latest available sources.

So amazing was the life of this paradoxical gentlemen that a generation after his death the world refused to believe he had ever existed. He became a rakehelly myth. Mr. Endore has restored him to his rightful place in history, at the same time preserving the picturesque and flavorsome aspects of his nature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781258846084
  • Publisher: Literary Licensing LLC
  • Publication date: 10/27/2013
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
I The Origin of a Romantic Career--Light Morals in Eighteenth Century Europe 3
II Education n Love and Latin--May the Jews Be Permitted to Build New Synagogues? 8
III Imprisoned it Fort Saint-Andrew 19
IV The Gil B as of Italy--From Priest to Officer 27
V Turkish Mysteries with a Disquisition on the Stupidity of Servants 33
VI Rascally Tricks in Venice--Casanova Becomes a Man of Leisure--The Famous Henriette of Parma 45
VII Casanova Goes to Paris, the City of Cities for an Eighteenth Century Adventurer 60
VIII Adventures of a Nun--The Cardinal Rises to Defend Himself 68
IX In the Prisons of the Inquisition--Casanova's Miraculous Escape from the Leads 75
X In Paris Again--Casanova Turned Financier--The Rake Progresses to Fortune 107
XI Casanova Becomes a Rosicrucian and Acquires a Privy Purse--Madame D'Urfe 116
XII The Banker d'O. and His Daughter, or His Son Perhaps?--The Lie of the Returned Ship 126
XIII Mlle. X. C. V., a Writer Who Lived Down a Mistake of Her Youth 141
XIV A Glimpse into the Police Records of Paris, Revealing a Casanova Who Does Not Appear in the Memoirs 147
XV Was Casanova Responsible for Saint-Germain's Expulsion from Holland?--The Paste Diamond 153
XVI The Devil a Monk Would Be--Escape from Stuttgart 159
XVII In Defense of Casanova for a Change--Diplomatic Correspondence Concerning a Strange Italian, from the Archives of Foreign Affairs--Casanova Becomes the Chevalier de Seingalt--Jesuit or Mason?--The Great Mystery of His Perpetual Travels 169
XVIII Voltaire and Haller--Casanova's Literary Knowledge and Aspirations--Origin of His Hatred for Voltaire 181
XIX The Marquis de Prie, a Close Friend of Casanova, Coldly Ignored in the Memoirs--Some Inventions of Romantic Affairs That Never Took Place--Casanova Decorated by the Pope--In Augsburg as Delegate of Portugal 195
XX Witchcraft in Lyons--More of Casanova's Inventions That Seem Historical Upon First Sight 208
XXI London and Pauline of Portugal--Casanova's Defeat at the Hands of La Charpillon 220
XXII Casanova in Germany, Poland and Russia--Interviews with Frederick and with Catherine the Great 232
XXIII Casanova Acquires Nobility 239
XXIV Encounters with the Chastity Commissioners of Vienna--The Tale of Charlotte 248
XXV Spain--The Cobbler-Hidalgo--In the Prison of Buen Retiro and in the Dungeons of Barcelona 257
XXVI Casanova Strives to Be Forgiven--The End of the Memoirs--Beginning of His Career as a Writer 270
XXVII Casanova Returns to Venice--The Rake Turned Moralist 280
XXVIII Casanova Ceases to Be a Spy in the Service of the Inquisition--His Last Mistress--He Is Forced to Leave Venice 296
XXIX An Old Adventurer Tours Europe--Humiliating Encounter at Spa--The Successes of a Superannuated Philanderer--Casanova's Maecenas 307
XXX The Hermit-Encyclopedist of Bohemia--Casanova's Last Love-Affair 327
XXXI Casanova's Life at Dux--a Debtor Is Nowhere Safe--Reflections on Suicide 339
XXXII The Death of the Dog and His Master 352
Bibliography 369
Index 385
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