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History of My Life: Volume 7 & 8

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History of My Life: Volume 7 & 8

First Translated into English in Accordance with the Original French Manuscript by Willard R. Trask



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History of My Life: Volume 7 & 8 by Giacomo Casanova
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"Trask's exemplary translation...makes the real Casanova accessible in strange, as diverse, as compelling as fiction."--John Simon, 'Book Week' In volumes 7 and 8, Casanova is now close to forty. His various manipulations of the credulous rich have made him rich in turn. His travels take him to France, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. In Rome he charms the Pope; in Naples, he nearly marries a young woman as licentious as he is himself, but she turns out to be his daughter.

Author Biography

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.
Release date NZ
May 22nd, 1997
Translated by Willard R. Trask
Country of Publication
United States
32, 32 black & white illustrations
Johns Hopkins University Press
Interest Age
From 18
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