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Stradella (Paperback): F. Marion Crawford
Stradella (Paperback): F. Marion Crawford

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F. Marion Crawford

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The Senator Michele Pignaver, being a childless widower of several years' standing and a personage of wealth and worth in Venice, made up his mind one day that he would marry his niece Ortensia, as soon as her education was completed. For he was a man of culture and of refined tastes, fond of music, much given to writing sonnets and to reading the works of the elegant Politian, as well as to composing sentimental airs for the voice and lute. He patronised arts and letters with vast credit and secret economy; for he never gave anything more than a supper and a recommendation to the poets, musicians, and artists who paid their court to him and dedicated to him their choicest productions. The supper was generally a frugal affair, but his reputation in aesthetic matters was so great that a word from him to a leader of fashion, or a letter of introduction to a Venetian Ambassador abroad, often proved to be worth more than the gold he abstained from giving. He spoke Latin, he could read Greek, and his taste in poetry was so highly cultivated that he called Dante's verse rough, uncouth, and vulgar-precisely as Horace Walpole, seventy or eighty years later, could not conceive how any one could prefer Shakespeare's rude lines to the elegant verses of Mr. Pope. For the Senator lived in the age when Louis XIV. was young, and Charles II. had been restored to the throne only a few years before the beginning of this story


Imprint: CreateSpace
Country of origin: United States
Release date: October 2013
First published: October 2013
Authors: F. Marion Crawford
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 6mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 104
ISBN-13: 978-1-4935-1709-1
Barcode: 9781493517091
Categories: Promotions
Books > Fiction > Special features > Classic fiction
Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction
Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > General
LSN: 1-4935-1709-0

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