|07-30-2008, 04:05 PM||#1|
Join Date: May 2008
Device: Sony 505
Casanova: The Complete Memoirs; 30 Jul 2008
Variously known as Giacomo, Jacques, and Jakob - yes, this is THAT Casanova. What more can I say? Except perhaps to add the following caution from the introductory material:
[Transcriber's Note: These memoires were not written for children, they may outrage readers also offended by Chaucer, La Fontaine, Rabelais and The Old Testament. D.W.]THE RARE UNABRIDGED LONDON EDITION OF 1894 TRANSLATED BY ARTHUR MACHEN TO WHICH HAS BEEN ADDED THE CHAPTERS DISCOVERED BY ARTHUR SYMONS.
In addition to the text, there are a number of illustrations.
Also from the introduction:
The Memoirs of Casanova, though they have enjoyed the popularity of a bad reputation, have never had justice done to them by serious students of literature, of life, and of history. One English writer, indeed, Mr. Havelock Ellis, has realised that 'there are few more delightful books in the world,' and he has analysed them ... with extreme care and remarkable subtlety. But this essay stands alone, at all events in English, as an attempt to take Casanova seriously, to show him in his relation to his time, and in his relation to human problems. And yet these Memoirs are perhaps the most valuable document which we possess on the society of the eighteenth century; they are the history of a unique life, a unique personality, one of the greatest of autobiographies; as a record of adventures, they are more entertaining than Gil Blas, or Monte Cristo, or any of the imaginary travels, and escapes, and masquerades in life, which have been written in imitation of them. They tell the story of a man who loved life passionately for its own sake: one to whom woman was, indeed, the most important thing in the world, but to whom nothing in the world was indifferent.
In this case, I found some pretty solid HTML at PG - so I am not uploading that here. The material is so stupendously huge, that even after breaking it up into 6 volumes, each of these volumes is very large.
Statistics for this set of eBooks include:
~ 1.3M words
~ 30,000 paragraphs
~ 3,000 pages as a Word document or as web pages.
~ 4,000 pages on the Sony Reader
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