Memoirs Of The Life And Writings Of Victor Alfieri (volume 2)

Paperback | January 17, 2012

byVittorio Alfieri

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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1810. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... OF VICTOR ALFIERL MANHOOD, COMPREHENDING MORE THAN THIRTY TEARS OF MY LITERARY LABOURS. CHAPTER I. My two first Tragedies, Philippe and Polinicet written in French Prose--Mass of detestable Poetry. Thus then at twenty-seven years of age did I enlist myself in the service of the muses, and appear before the public as a dramatic author. I shall now proceed to point out the resources I possessed to enable VOla. II. s me to support so daring and presumptuous a flight. A resolute, obstinate, and ungovernable character, susceptible of the warmest affections, among which, by an odd kind of combination, predominated the most ardent love, and a hatred approaching to madness against every species of tyranny; an imperfect and vague recollection of several French tragedies which I had seen represented several years before, but which I had then neither read nor studied; a total ignorance of dramatic rules; and an incapability of expressing myself with elegance and precision in my own language. To these were superadded an insufferable presumption, or mora properly speaking, petulance, and a degree of violence which seldom allowed me to investigate and perceive truth. With similar elements it would have been easier to have formed a tyrannical prince than a man of letters. At length a powerful voice arose from the bottom of my heart which cried more energetically than that of my few friends. "It is necessary to retrace.your steps in order to study grammar, and the art of composition." In conformity to this divine and powerful admonition, I at length submitted to the hard necessity of recommencing the studies of my infancy at an age when I thought and felt like a man. But the flame of glory shone in my eyes, and resolving to wipe away the shame of my deplorable ignorance, ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1810. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... OF VICTOR ALFIERL MANHOOD, COMPREHENDING MORE THAN THIRTY TEARS OF MY LITERARY LABOURS. CHAPTER I. My two first Tragedies, Phil...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:January 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217021379

ISBN - 13:9780217021371

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