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Casanova by Howard Guy Ervin III, composed by Richard B Evans, directed by Peter Merle Devine and Kenneth Lawrence Stegmiller, is a 2011 hardcover libretto for the 106th Grove Play produced and performed by members of the Bohemian Club of San Francisco, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Casanova, The One Hundred Sixth Grove Play, Performed Friday, July 29, 2011


Dare to live

Like a song arising,

Throw your heart

Into life’s full flow,

Dare to fight

For what you believe in,

Dare to love

And make love grow.


Dare to see

All the beauty ’round you,

Taste the fruit

Picked from life’s rich vine,

Raise your glass

To your friends and lovers,

‘Til you’re dizzy

On life’s sweet wine.


And should the face of darkness try you,

Stand and hold your head up high.

Loudly sing out, “I defy you,

Spirits bold will never die!

Spirits bold will never die!

Spirits bold will never die!”

Spirits Bold Will Never Die! (pp 74–5)

The History of My Life, Volumes 3 & 4

Hermetic Library fellow T Polyphilus reviews History of My Life, Volumes 3 & 4 by Giacomo Casanova, translated by Willard R. Trask.

Giacomo Casanova Willard Trask History of My Life, Volumes 3 & 4

This huge memoir is as entertaining as any novel, and certainly a whole lot longer! Each volume in the eminently readable Willard Trask translation is 300 to 350 pages long, plus copious endnotes with literary, historical, geographical, and biographical explications.

Casanova’s exploits as a Freemason, faux-Rosicrucian, alchemist and magical confidence-man all rest within a larger context, where the freethinker and libertine seems to have enjoyed a genuine conviction of the reality of his personal daimonic genius. Writing of his first hardships as a prisoner, Casanova reflects, “My Genius diverted himself in this fashion in order to give me the pleasure of making comparisons.” The name of this Guardian Angel was
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