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
XXI
348
XXII
364
XXIII
377
XXIV
396
XXV
423
XXVI
438
XXVII
454
XXVIII
470

IX
141
X
162
XI
185
XII
204
XIII
219
XIV
235
XV
251
XVI
268
XVII
285
XVIII
302
XIX
318
XX
333
XXIX
493
XXX
508
XXXI
521
XXXII
539
XXXIII
557
XXXIV
578
XXXV
600
XXXVI
614
XXXVII
635
XXXVIII
650
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