The Story of My Misfortunes (or: Historia Calamitatum)
Autobiographies from remote historical periods can be especially fascinating.
Modes of self-presentation vary greatly across the centuries, as of course does
the very concept of Self.
Peter Abelard, the medieval philosopher and composer, here gives a concise but vivid survey of his notoriously calamitous life. The work is couched in the form of a letter to an afflicted friend. Abelard's abrasively competitive, often arrogant personality emerges at once in the brief Foreword, where he informs his correspondent: "(I)n comparing your sorrows with mine, you may discover that yours are in truth nought.. and so shall you come to bear them the more easily." (Summary by Martin Geeson)
|Play 01||Foreword, Chapters I-V||Martin Geeson
|Play 02||Chapters VI, VII||Martin Geeson
|Play 03||Chapters VIII, IX||Martin Geeson
|Play 04||Chapters X-XII||Martin Geeson
|Play 05||Chapters XIII-XV||Martin Geeson