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The story of my life

Author: Giacomo Casanova; Stephen Sartarelli; Sophie Hawkes; Gilberto Pizzamiglio
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2001.
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
An abridged version of the Italian rogue's memoirs presents the most famous episodes in the life of the spy, swashbuckler, self-made gentleman, entrepreneur, poet, bon vivant, and lover of numerous women.

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Giacomo Casanova; Giacomo Casanova
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Giacomo Casanova; Stephen Sartarelli; Sophie Hawkes; Gilberto Pizzamiglio
ISBN: 0140439153 9780140439151
OCLC Number: 46359659
Notes: Originally published: New York : Marsilio, 2000.
Description: xxx, 532 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Family history --
My first memory --
Journey to Padua --
My grandmother boards me at the home of Doctor Gozzi --
My first acquaintance with love --
Bettina believed to be mad --
Father Mancia --
The pox --
I leave Padua --
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 --
My brief but highly eventful visit to Ancona --
Cecilia, Marina, Bellino --
The Greek slave girl from the lazaretto --
Bellino revealed --
Bellino Unmasked --
His Story --
Comic encounter at Orsara --
Journey to Corfu --
Sojourn in Constantinople --
Bonneval --
My return to Corfu --
I become a true good-for-nothing --
A great stroke of luck raises me from destitution to the rank of wealthy gentleman --
My apprenticeship in Paris --
Portraits --
Oddities --
A thousand things --
My blunders in the French language, my successes, my many acquaintances --
Louis XV --
My brother arrives in Paris --
My sojourn in Vienna --
Joseph II --
My departure for Venice --
First meeting with M.M. --
Letter from C.C. Second meeting with the nun in my superb casino in Venice --
I am happy --
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 --
Under the lead roof --
The earthquake --
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 --
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 --
Voltaire, my discussions with the great man --
Ariosto --
The duke of Villars --
The syndic and his three lovely ladies --
Debate at Voltaire's house --
Cardinal Passionei --
The pope --
Mariuccia --
My arrival in Naples --
I reach Marseilles --
Mme. D'Urfe --
My niece is well received by Mme. Audibert --
I get rid of my brother and Passano --
Regeneration --
Mme. d'Urfe departs --
Marcolina's constancy --
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 --
Lord Keith --
Appointment with the king of Prussia in the garden of Sans Souci --
My conversation with the monarch --
La Denis --
The Pomeranian cadets --
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 --
Branicki --
My duel with Branicki --
My departure from Paris --
My journey to Madrid --
The count of Aranda --
The prince of La Catolica --
The duke of Losada --
Mengs --
A ball --
La Pichona --
Dona Ignacia --
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.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Other Titles: Mémoires.
Responsibility: Giacomo Casanova ; translated from the French by Stephen Sartarelli and Sophie Hawkes ; introduction and selection by Gilberto Pizzamiglio.
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