A Venetian adventurer, author, and lifelong womanizer, the name of Casanova has become interchangeable with the art of seduction since the 18th century. In his most notable book, "Story of My Life," Casanova narrates countless tales of the people with whom he interacted: lovers, European royalty, clergymen, and artists such as Goethe, Voltaire, and Mozart. His writing demonstrates his talent for dialogue, while his life seems an inadvertent testament to skill in plot development. Casanova gambled, spied, translated, dueled, schemed, traveled, and observed people of all levels of society, having been born of two actors and becoming a self-made gentleman. He writes of his life without regret, recalling his adventures, from necromancy to imprisonment, with general honesty and the occasional embellishment, and always with a good humor. In this remarkable celebration of the senses, Casanova proves his talent for storytelling by revealing a refreshingly authentic view of the customs and everyday life of social 18th century Europeans, ultimately proving his claim that "I can say I have lived." In this edition you will find the first of twelve volumes of "The Complete Memoirs."
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- Title page
- AUTHOR'S PREFACE
- VENETIAN YEARS
- EPISODE 1-CHILDHOOD
- CHAPTER I. My Family Pedigree-My Childhood.
- CHAPTER II. My Grandmother Comes to Padua, and Takes Me to Dr. Gozzi's School-My First Love Affair.
- CHAPTER III. Bettina Is Supposed to Go Mad-Father Mancia-The Small-Pox-I Leave Padua.
- CHAPTER IV. I receive the minor orders from the patriarch of Venice
- I get acquainted with Senator Malipiero, with ThÃ©rÃ¨se Imer, with the niece of the Curate, with Madame Orio, with Nanette and Marton, and with the Cavamacchia
- I become a preacher-My adventure with Lucie at Pasean
- A rendezvous on the third story.
- CHAPTER V. An Unlucky Night'
- I Fall in Love with the Two Sisters, and Forget Angela
- A Ball at My House
- Juliette's Humiliation
- My Return to PasÃ¨an
- Lucie's Misfortune
- A Propitious Storm.
- CHAPTER VI. My Grandmother's Death and Its Consequences
- I Lose M. de Malipiero's Friendship
- I Have No Longer a Home
- La Tintoretta
- I Am Sent to a Clerical Seminary
- I Am Expelled From It, and Confined in a Fortress.
- CHAPTER VII. My Short Stay in Fort St. AndrÃ©
- My First Repentance in Love Affairs
- I Enjoy the Sweets of Revenge, and Prove a Clever Alibi
- Arrest of Count Bonafede
- My Release
- Arrival of the Bishop
- Farewell to Venice.
- EPISODE 2-CLERIC IN NAPLES
- CHAPTER VIII. My Misfortunes in Chiozza
- Father Stephano
- The Lazzaretto at Ancona
- The Greek Slave
- My Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Loretto
- I Go to Rome on Foot, and From Rome to Naples to Meet the Bishop
- I Cannot Join Him
- Good Luck Offers Me the Means of Reaching Martorano, Which Place I Very Quickly Leave to Return to Naples.
- CHAPTER IX. My Stay in Naples
- It Is Short but Happy
- Don Antonio Casanova
- Don Lelio Caraffa
- I Go to Rome in Very Agreeable Company, and Enter the Service of Cardinal Acquaviva
- CHAPTER X. Benedict XIV
- Excursion to Tivoli
- Departure of Lucrezia
- The Marchioness G.
- Barbara Dalacqua
- My Misfortunes
- I Leave Rome.
- CHAPTER XI. My Short But Rather Too Gay Visit To Ancona
- Cecilia, Marina, Bellino
- the Greek Slave of the Lazzaretto
- Bellino Discovers Himself.
- CHAPTER XII. Bellino's History
- I Am Put Under Arrest
- I Run Away Against My Will
- My Return To Rimini, and My Arrival In Bologna.
- EPISODE 3-MILITARY CAREER
- CHAPTER XIII. I Renounce the Clerical Profession, and Enter the Military Service
- ThÃ©rÃ¨se Leaves for Naples, and I Go to Venice
- I Am Appointed Ensign in the Army of My Native Country
- I Embark for Corfu, and Land at Orsera to Take a Walk.
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