The Man Who Really Loved Women

Book - 1997 | 1st Farrar, Straus and Giroux ed
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Between Casanova's time and ours, there have been two centuries of ignorance and misunderstanding about this remarkable man. He is thought of as a Don Juan of the salons, cold and indifferent to women, but in this splendid new biography, we rediscover him as he really was, an ardent man of the Enlightenment, a true friend and lover of women. Lydia Flem has discerned the fascinating pattern that enabled a sickly Venetian baby, abandoned by his actress mother and raised by a magically powerful grandmother, to become the audacious, gallant Casanova who flung himself into experience (amatory and otherwise) without asking for anything in return except that most scandalous of all rewards -- pleasure.

This generous, spirited man gave of himself without stint, and men and women alike rejoiced in his company. His whole art of being was, in fact, an exercise in happiness. Cocking a final snook at posterity, he became a moralist and insisted not only that pleasure was the first principle of existence but that true happiness came only in one's memory. Beyond pleasure there is happiness -- that is Casanova's legacy.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997
Edition: 1st Farrar, Straus and Giroux ed
ISBN: 9780374119577
Branch Call Number: B CASANOVA
Characteristics: xv, 255 p. ; 22 cm


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