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Carlo Goldoni - Liar Forgotten Books
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Excerpt from The Liar: A Comedy in Three Acts Carlo Goldoni was born in Venice on the 25th of February, 1707, in a house at the corner of the Ca' Cent'Anni. For forty years he was doing everything, going everywhere. He was Advocate, Candidate for Holy Orders, Coadjutor of the Criminal Chancellor, Clerk of the Procurator, Consul of the Republic of Genoa at Venice, writer, compiler of almanacks, once nearly a monk - no kind of "adventurer," and always having adventures; and for forty years meeting every kind of person from diplomats and ladies of pleasure to swindlers and poets: utterly young in a quiet old way - old in that he seldom gave way to despair. Not sentimental, not tragic, smiling - always a good little disposition; absentminded, yet living entirely in the present; frank, but neither vain nor proud; full of good qualities, - what we should call a dear little man. No more like the other Venetians of those sceptical times than Voltaire was like the disbelievers of his land - a child like Voltaire, but less roguish; and very fond of the theatre. The reason I do not say he was passionately fond of it is that this is just what he was not. In those days every Italian went to the theatre and went into raptures or furies with what he saw. But every Italian was not passionately fond of the theatre. Only the actors were that, and the theatre of Italy in the eighteenth century was still the theatre of the actors. Unless you know something about the European theatre of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries you will not know that the Italian actors practically made it. Some poets and architects lent it a generous hand, dowered it with a superb setting: but the heart, the fire, and the voice of the European theatre from 1550 to 1780 were given to it by the actors. By 1564 they had swept all over Europe, these magicians; and so tremendous was their force, so countless were their numbers, they were able to wander far afield and yet leave at home many thousands of their kind to enchant the princes and the people in Siena and in Rome, in Florence, in Perugia, in Naples, Pisa, and Verona. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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