Leo Damrosch is the Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature Emeritus at Harvard University. His many books include The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age and Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World, winner of the National Book Critics Circle award and Pulitzer finalist for biography. He lives in Newton, MA.
Casanova's life was in the best of hands with Leo Damrosch's erudition. He follows Casanova's escapades and escapes as a vertiginous heroic story. Out of Venice we are thrown into an experiment with the eighteenth century, its tastes, and transgressions, revealing a surprising 'book of life.' -Pierre Saint-Amand, author of Suite libertine: Vies du XVIIIe siecle A pleasure to read, remarkably clear and readable, engaging, vivid, informative-in short, an excellent biography that both delights and instructs. -April Alliston, Princeton University The name Casanova has become synonymous with serial seduction-hardly a model in the age of #MeToo. The excellence of Leo Damrosch's energetic biography is that it reveals so many other dimensions of this remarkable man: pioneering autobiographer, questioner of received ideas, traveler through high culture and low. -Jonathan Bate, author of Radical Wordsworth: The Poet Who Changed the World