The Fortunes of Casanova, and Other Stories

The Fortunes of Casanova, and Other Stories

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Baker & Taylor
A collection of twenty of the best swashbuckling short stories by the author of Scaramouche and Captain Blood includes a series of colorful tales about Casanova, told with the author's characteristic zest and wit.

Blackwell North Amer
Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950) was one of the foremost writers of historical and adventure fiction of his time. The master of the swashbuckling tale, he created the characters Scaramouche and Captain Blood, and his novel The Sea Hawk, which sold a million copies, was made into a celebrated film starring Errol Flynn.
Sabatini was also a prolific writer of short stories, some of which were collected during his lifetime - although many lay forgotten in old periodicals until discovered by researcher and anthologist Jack Adrian, who has selected the best for this volume: twenty stories, seventeen of which have never been reprinted in book form. The stories range in historical time from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, and feature a splendid array of rogues, vagabonds, shyster lawyers, cutpurses, quacks, and conmen.
Full of pace, incident, and plot, the stories often contain a strong element of crime, mystery, and suspense. Although hanged at Tyburn, Sir Geoffrey Swayne, in 'The Risen Dead', is resurrected only to have his plot to gain a fortune foiled by his vengeful wife; in 'The Plague of Ghosts', the ingenious Capoulade, thief turned police spy, breaks up a forger's den and in the process cracks an 'impossible crime'. In the second half of the book, a series of stories featuring Casanova, Sabatini takes nine colourful exploits from the notorious Memoirs of the libertine, swordsman, and wit, and retells them with humour and gusto.
Sabatini's works had a great influence on later writers of popular historical fiction, and George MacDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman novels and an admirer of his writing, contributes a Foreword to this volume.

Oxford University Press
Rafael Sabatini was one of the greatest writers of historical adventure fiction who ever lived. The master of the swashbuckling tale, he penned such runaway bestsellers as Scaramouche and Captain Blood. Indeed, Scaramouche was made into one of the most successful adventure films of that era, surpassed only by another Sabatini novel, The Sea Hawk, which sold over a million copies and led to a celebrated film starring Errol Flynn.
Sabatini was also a prolific author of short stories, and this volume contains 20 of his best. Full of pace, incident, and plot, these tales range in time from the 16th to the 18th centuries, and they conjure up a wonderful cast of rogues, vagabonds, shyster lawyers, cutpurses, quacks, and conmen. The heart of the book is a series of stories featuring Casanova, the libertine, swordsman, and wit. Sabatini takes nine colorful exploits from Casanova's notorious Memoirs and retells them with his characteristic gusto. And in addition to the stories, Jack Adrian provides an informative introduction that outlines Sabatini's life and offers an enlightening discussion of the genre of historical fiction.
"No writer, not Scott nor Dumas nor Stevenson, has brought the past to life more vividly," observes George MacDonald Fraser in the foreword. Whether set in Italy during the Renaissance or France during the Terror, these tales do indeed bring the past to glorious life, paying meticulous attention to historical detail even as they abound in surprising turns, witty dialogue, and breathtaking adventure.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993
ISBN: 9780192123190
019212319X
Branch Call Number: FICTION SABAT
Characteristics: xxvi, 283 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Adrian, Jack

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