History of My Life

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The name of Giacomo Casanova, Chevalier de Seingalt (1725-98), is now synonymous with amorous exploits, and there are plenty of these, vividly narrated, in his memoirs. But Casanova was not just an energetic lover. In his time he was a diplomat, businessman, trainee priest, traveler, prisoner, magician, confidence man, gambler, professional entertainer, and charlatan. He financed business projects, organized lotteries, wrote opera libretti, and dabbled in high politics. Above all he was an autobiographer of ...

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Overview

The name of Giacomo Casanova, Chevalier de Seingalt (1725-98), is now synonymous with amorous exploits, and there are plenty of these, vividly narrated, in his memoirs. But Casanova was not just an energetic lover. In his time he was a diplomat, businessman, trainee priest, traveler, prisoner, magician, confidence man, gambler, professional entertainer, and charlatan. He financed business projects, organized lotteries, wrote opera libretti, and dabbled in high politics. Above all he was an autobiographer of enduring brilliance and subtlety who left behind him what is probably the most remarkable confession ever written.

Casanova explored to the full all the possibilities eighteenth-century Venice offered by way of love and profit before being imprisoned, escaping from jail, and fleeing from the city to begin travels that took him across Europe. In Moscow and London, Berlin and Constantinople, he met the famous men and women of his time—Catherine the Great, Voltaire, Louis XV, Rousseau—and recorded his encounters for the memoirs he wrote in retirement at the end of his life.

History of My Life is by turns touching, thrilling, wonderfully comic, and quite irresistible. The present edition, which includes approximately one third of Casanova's enormous (and unfinished) book, contains all his major adventures and all his greatest affairs of the heart.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307265579
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/6/2007
  • Pages: 1512
  • Sales rank: 633,170
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
Select Bibliography     xxiii
Chronology     xxiv
Foreword     lxvii
Volume 1     1
Contents     3
Preface     15
Volume 2     189
Volume 3     265
Volume 4     413
Volume 5     569
Volume 6     653
Volume 7     727
Volume 8     775
Volume 9     823
Volume 10     957
Volume 11     1073
Textual Note
Biographical     1173
The Publishing History of the Memoirs     1177
Laforgue and the Text of the Memoirs     1178
The New Text     1183
Notes     1186
Index     1403
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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    fascinating to a point, but it just goes on and on...

    Casanova's life was amazing, with enough adventure and intrigue to fill... well... volumes and volumes of text. Unfortunately, that's exactly what he decided to do, and while much of it is interesting and involving, after a while I just kept saying 'how much longer does this go on?' Certainly worth reading, but pace yourself or your head will go numb.

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