I Promessi Sposi

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Cosimo, Inc., Jan 1, 2010 - Literary Collections - 674 pages
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Originally published between 1909 and 1917 under the name "Harvard Classics," this stupendous 51-volume set-a collection of the greatest writings from literature, philosophy, history, and mythology-was assembled by American academic CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT (1834-1926), Harvard University's longest-serving president. Also known as "Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf," it represented Eliot's belief that a basic liberal education could be gleaned by reading from an anthology of works that could fit on five feet of bookshelf. Volume XXI features the 1827 novel I Promessi Sposi (The Bethrothed), by Italian writer ALESSANDRO MANZONI (1785-1873), considered the most beloved work in the Italian language. A historical romance inspired by Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe, it is the tale of lovers Renzo and Lucia and their quest to be together. Beautifully evocative of its 17th-century setting, it is noted for its dramatic depiction of plague-addled Milan.
 

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Contents

I
7
II
25
III
39
IV
55
V
71
VI
86
VII
100
VIII
119
XX
348
XXI
364
XXII
377
XXIII
396
XXIV
423
XXV
438
XXVI
454
XXVII
470

IX
162
X
185
XI
204
XII
219
XIII
235
XIV
251
XV
268
XVI
285
XVII
302
XVIII
318
XIX
333
XXVIII
493
XXIX
508
XXX
521
XXXI
539
XXXII
557
XXXIII
578
XXXIV
600
XXXV
614
XXXVI
635
XXXVII
650
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