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 The Story of My Life : Penguin Classics -  Giacomo Casanova

The Story of My Life

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 22nd September 2001
ISBN: 9780140439151
Number Of Pages: 576
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Seducer, gambler, necromancer, swindler, Good Samaritan, spy, swashbuckler, self-made gentleman, entrepreneur, wit, poet, translator, philosopher, and general bon vivant, Giacomo Casanova was not only the most notorious lover the Western world has know, but also a storyteller of the first order. Since he lived a life richer and stranger than most fictions, the tale of his own adventures is his most compelling story, but his memoir remained – at twelve volumes – unfinished at the time of his death in 1798. In these selections, made from authoritative French texts, are all the highlights of Casanova's life; carousing and dabbling in the occult; imprisonment and thrilling escapes; travels and encounters with major literary figures and world leaders; and of course, many amorous conquests, ranging from noblewomen to nuns to cobblers' daughters, all of them willing partners in the adventures of his life.

About The Author

Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) was born in Venice, the son of actors who wanted him to become a priest. Instead he had numerous occupations, and is remembered as one of history's great lovers.

Introductionp. ix
Note on the Textp. xxvii
Translators' Notep. xxix
Prefacep. 1
p. 13
Family history
My first memory
Journey to Padua
p. 23
My grandmother boards me at the home of Doctor Gozzi
My first acquaintance with love
p. 42
Bettina believed to be mad
Father Mancia
The pox
I leave Padua
p. 59
The patriarch of Venice confers the minor orders on me
Getting to know Senator Malipiero, Teresa Imer, Father Tosello's niece, Signora Orio, Nanetta, Marta, and La Cavamacchie
I become a preacher
My adventure at Pasiano with Lucia
p. 84
My brief but highly eventful visit to Ancona
Cecilia, Marina, Bellino
The Greek slave girl from the lazaretto
Bellino revealed
p. 102
Bellino Unmasked
His Story
p. 109
Comic encounter at Orsara
Journey to Corfu
Sojourn in Constantinople
My return to Corfu
p. 143
I become a true good-for-nothing
A great stroke of luck raises me from destitution to the rank of wealthy gentleman
p. 159
My apprenticeship in Paris
A thousand things
p. 179
My blunders in the French language, my successes, my many acquaintances
Louis XV
My brother arrives in Paris
p. 190
My sojourn in Vienna
Joseph II
My departure for Venice
p. 203
First meeting with M.M.
Letter from C.C. Second meeting with the nun in my superb casino in Venice
I am happy
p. 219
Continuation of the preceding chapter
Visit to the convent and conversation with M.M.
Her letter to me and my answer
Rendezvous at the casino in Murano, witnessed by her lover
p. 235
Under the lead roof
The earthquake
p. 252
Soradaci's betrayal
The means I used to overwhelm him
Father Balbi succeeds in his task
I leave my cell
Count Asquini's untimely remarks
The moment of departure
p. 270
My escape from the prison
I nearly lose my life on the roof
I leave the Ducal Palace, take ship and reach the mainland
Father Balbi exposes me to danger
The ruse by which I separate from him for the moment
p. 289
Voltaire, my discussions with the great man
The duke of Villars
The syndic and his three lovely ladies
Debate at Voltaire's house
p. 311
Cardinal Passionei
The pope
My arrival in Naples
p. 330
I reach Marseilles
Mme. D'Urfe
My niece is well received by Mme. Audibert
I get rid of my brother and Passano
Mme. d'Urfe departs
Marcolina's constancy
p. 353
My arrival in London
Mrs. Cornelys
I am presented at Court
I rent a furnished house
I meet many people
The customs of the English
p. 378
Lord Keith
Appointment with the king of Prussia in the garden of Sans Souci
My conversation with the monarch
La Denis
The Pomeranian cadets
p. 392
I meet the czarina
My conversations with the great Sovereign
La Valville
I leave Zaira
My departure from St. Petersburg and arrival in Warsaw
Princes Adam Czartoryski and Sulkowski
The king of Poland, Stanislaus Poniatowski, called Stanislaus Augustus I
Theatrical intrigues
p. 423
My duel with Branicki
p. 441
My departure from Paris
My journey to Madrid
The count of Aranda
The prince of La Catolica
The duke of Losada
A ball
La Pichona
Dona Ignacia
p. 466
My courtship of Dona Ignacia, the gentleman-cobbler's daughter
My imprisonment at Buen Retiro and my triumph
I am recommended to the Venetian ambassador by a State Inquisitor of the Republic
Notesp. 497
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ISBN: 9780140439151
ISBN-10: 0140439153
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 22nd September 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1