History of My Life

History of My Life

by Giacomo Chevalier de Seingalt Casanova, Willard R. Trask (Translator)
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History of My Life by Giacomo Chevalier de Seingalt Casanova

The last two volumes of Casanova's account of his extraordinary life include the story of his imprisonment in Buen Retiro, his trip to Madrid and his affair with Doña Ignacia, his journey to Barcelona and his detention in the Tower, his encounter with Lord Baltimore, and his serious illness in Aix-en-Provence when he is taken care of by a mysterious woman who turns out to the servant of one of his first loves, Henriette.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801856679
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 04/28/1997
Series: History of My Life Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 858
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

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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Peter Quennell

Now at last we can enjoy the wonderful History of My Life... as if we were reading an entirely new book... Few more extraordinary men have ever lived; an no memoirist gives us a more vivid impression of the social background of his period

Edmund Wilson

"The Chevalier de Seingalt was a most remarkable man, who had some of the qualities of greatness... Has any novelist or poet ever rendered better than Casanova the passing glory of the personal life?—the gaiety, the spontaneity, the generosity of youth: the ups and downs of middle age when our character begins to get to us and we are forced to come to terms with it; the dreadful blanks of later years, when what is gone is gone. All that a life of this kind can contain Casanova put into his story. And how much of the world!—the eighteenth century as you get it in no other book; society from top to bottom; Europe from England to Russia, a more brilliant variety of characters than you can find in any eighteenth-century novel."

V. S. Pritchett

"Casanova is unsurpassed as the recreator of the daily talking interests of 18th-century Europe. He ranges from slut to patrician, from closet to cabinet, waterfront to palace. He is superior to all other erotic writers because of his pleasure in news, in gossip, in the whole personality of his mistresses."

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The History of My Life: Volumes 11 and 12 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gary_W_Olson More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago