Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini Vol 1

Benvenuto CELLINI (1500 - 1571), translated by John Addington SYMONDS (1840 - 1893)

Cellini's autobiographical memoirs, which he began writing in Florence in 1558, give a detailed account of his singular career, as well as his loves, hatreds, passions, and delights, written in an energetic, direct, and racy style. They show a great self-regard and self-assertion, sometimes running into extravagances which are impossible to credit. He even writes in a complacent way of how he contemplated his murders before carrying them out. He writes of his time in Paris:

Parts of his tale recount some extraordinary events and phenomena; such as his stories of conjuring up a legion of devils in the Colosseum, after one of his not innumerous mistresses had been spirited away from him by her mother; of the marvelous halo of light which he found surrounding his head at dawn and twilight after his Roman imprisonment, and his supernatural visions and angelic protection during that adversity; and of his being poisoned on two separate occasions.

The autobiography is a classic, and commonly regarded as one of the most colourful; it is certainly the most important autobiography from the Renaissance.

Cellini's autobiography is one of the books Tom Sawyer mentions as inspiration while freeing Jim in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Karen Merline)

Genre(s): Memoirs, Early Modern

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction Kristine Bekere
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Play 01 Chapters 1-6 Kristine Bekere
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Play 02 Chapters 7-11 Kristine Bekere
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Play 03 Chapters 12-17 Kristine Bekere
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Play 04 Chapters 18-22 Andrew Coleman
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Play 05 Chapters 23-26 Andrew Coleman
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Play 06 Chapters 27-30 Andrew Coleman
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Play 07 Chapters 31-33 MorganScorpion
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Play 08 Chapters 34-37 Sibella Denton
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Play 09 Chapters 38-41 Sibella Denton
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Play 10 Chapters 42-25 Sibella Denton
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Play 11 Chapters 46-51 Sibella Denton
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Play 12 Chapters 52-56 David Lazarus
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Play 13 Chapters 57-61 David Lazarus
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Play 14 Chapters 62-65 MorganScorpion
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Play 15 Chapters 66-70 Sue Anderson
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Play 16 Chapters 70-75 Sibella Denton
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Play 17 Chapters 76-80 Sibella Denton
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Play 18 Chapters 81-84 Sibella Denton
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Play 19 Chapters 85-88 ppezz
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Play 20 Chapters 89-92 ppezz
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Play 21 Chapters 93-95 Sibella Denton
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Play 22 Chapters 96-99 Sibella Denton
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Play 23 Chapters 100-103 Philippa Brodie
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Play 24 Chapters 104-107 Sibella Denton
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Play 25 Chapters 108-111 Kristine Bekere
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Play 26 Chapters 112-116 Kristine Bekere
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Play 27 Chapters 117-121 Kristine Bekere
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Play 28 Chapters 122-126 Kristine Bekere
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Play 29 Chapter 127 Kristine Bekere
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