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The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini

Benvenuto Cellini ((1500-1571))

1. 00 – Introduction
2. 01 – Chapters 1-6
3. 02 – Chapters 07-11
4. 03 – Chapters 12-17
5. 04 – Chapters 18-22
6. 05 – Chapters 23-26
7. 06 – Chapters 27-30
8. 07 – Chapters 31-33
9. 08 – Chapters 34 – 37
10. 09 – Chapters 38 – 41
11. 10 – Chapters 42 – 45
12. 11 – Chapters 46 – 51
13. 12 – Chapters 52 – 56
14. 13 – Chapters 57 – 61
15. 14 – Chapters 62 – 65
16. 15 – Chapters 66 – 70
17. 16 – Chapters 70 – 75
18. 17 – Chapters 76 – 80
19. 18 – Chapters 81 – 84
20. 19 – Chapters 85 – 88
21. 20 – Chapters 89 – 92
22. 21 – Chapters 93 – 95
23. 22 – Chapters 96 – 99
24. 23 – Chapters 100 – 103
25. 24 – Chapters 104 – 107
26. 25 – Chapters 108 – 111
27. 26 – Chapters 112 – 116
28. 27 – Chapters 117 – 121
29. 28 – Chapters 122 – 126
30. 29 – Ch 127

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Summary

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.