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Autobiographies Kotzebue Goldoni & Gibbon

SKU: Kotze Gold Gib AB0210075 $189.00
Autobiography a collection of the most instructive and amusing lives ever published written by the parties themselves with brief introductions and compendious sequels carrying on the narrative to the death of each writer. Published by: Whittaker Treacher and Arnot Ave-Maria Lane London in twenty (20) volumes of which these are volumes #9 #12 & #13 (Augustus von Kotzebue (1830) Carl Goldoni (1828) and Edward Gibbon Esq. (1830) respectively). Volume #9 consists of 285 cream to off-white pages free of spotting or foxing. Volume #12 consists of 239 cream to off-white pages free of spotting or foxing. Volume #13 consists of 301 cream to off-white pages free of spotting or foxing. All volumes measure 14.5 cm. x 9.5 cm. Covers are marbled boards with green leather corners and spine with raised bands and gilt title and vol. #. All have wear consistent with gentle use over their 180 year history. August von Kotzebue: 3 May 1761 23 March 1819 was a German dramatist. Though he was unfavourably reviewed by critics many of whom saw his work as immoral he was one of the most popular writers of his time. In an essay called Why Do I Have So Many EnemiesKotzebue cited jealousy of his fame as a factor. Though seen as a conservative he was cosmopolitan in outlook and spoke out against the anti-Semitism of student nationalists. He was approached in 1812 by Beethoven who suggested he write the libretto for an opera about Attila which was never written. Beethoven did however produce incidental music to Kotzebue trades play The Ruins Of Athens Kotzebue wrote several historical works: his History of the German Empireswas burned by nationalist students at the 1817 Wartburg Festival. One of the students attending the Festival Karl Ludwig Sand a militant member of the Burschenschaften murdered Kotzebue in his home. Carl Goldoni: 25 February 1707 6 February 1793 was a celebrated Venetian play write and librettist whom critics today rank among the European theatre trades greatest authors. His works along with those of the modernist Luigi Pirandello include some of Italy trades most famous and best-loved plays. Audiences have admired the plays of Goldoni for their ingenious mix of wit and honesty. His plays offered his contemporaries images of themselves often dramatizing the lives values and conflicts of the emerging middle classes. Though he wrote in French and Italian his plays make rich use of the Venetian language regional vernacular and colloquialisms. Goldoni also wrote under the pen name and title Polisseno Fegeio (Pastor Arcade) which he claimed in his memoirs the Arcadians of Romebestowed on him. In 1757 he engaged in a bitter dispute with Carlo Gozzi which left him utterly disgusted with the tastes of his countrymen: so much so that in 1761 he moved to Paris. He spent the rest of his life in France. Edward Gibbon: 27 April 1737 16 January 1794 was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. The Decline and Fall is known principally for the quality and irony of its prose its use of primary sources and its open denigration of organized religion though the extent of this is disputed by some critics. Criticized for its aggressively scathing view of Christianity the books were banned in several countries. Gibbon trades alleged crime was disrespecting and none too lightly the character of sacred Christian doctrine in treating the Christian church as a phenomenon of general history not a special case admitting supernatural explanations and disallowing criticism of its adherents More specifically Gibbon trades blasphemous chapters excoriated the church for supplanting in an unnecessarily destructive way the great culture that preceded itand for the outrage of practicing religious intolerance and warfare Gibbon trades work has been praised for its style his piquant epigrams and its effective irony. Winston Churchill memorably noted I set out upon Gibbon trades Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and was immediately dominated both by the story and the style I devoured Gibbon. I rode triumphantly through it from end to end and enjoyed it all