Shalini, Saint Augustine, Samuel Peeps discussed on Harvard Classics


Introductory note among the vast number of men who have thought fit to write down the history of their own lives three or four have achieved masterpieces which standout preeminently saint augustine in his confessions samuel peeps in his diary russo. In his confessions it is among these extraordinary documents. An unsurpassed by any of them. That the autobiography of benvenuto chellany takes its place. The life of himself which shalini wrote was due to other motives than those which produced its chief competitors for first place in its class. Saint augustine's aim was religious and didactic pete's noted down in his diary the daily events of his life for his soul satisfaction and with no intention that anyone should read the cipher in which they were recorded but shalini wrote that the world might know after he was dead. What a fellow he had been what great things he had attempted. And against what odds he had carried them through. All men he held would ever be their condition who have done anything of merit or which verily has a semblance of merit if so be they are men of truth in good repute should write detail of their life with their own hand that he had done many things of merit. He had no matter of doubt. His repute was great in his day and perhaps good in the sense in which he meant goodness as to whether he was a man of truth. There is still dispute among scholars of some misrepresentations some suppressions of damaging facts. There seems to be evidence. Only two good a man with selena's passion for proving himself in the right could hardly have avoided being guilty of such but of the general trustworthiness of his record of the kind of man he was in the kind of life. You lead there is no reasonable doubt. The period covered by the autobiography from selena's birth. In fifteen hundred to fifteen sixty to the scene is mainly in italy and france of the great events of the time the time of the reformation and the counter reformation of the strife of pope and emperor and king we get only glimpses. The leaders in these events appear in the foreground of the picture only when they come into personal relations the hero and then not mainly as statesman warriors but as connoisseurs and patrons of art such an event is the sack of rome is described because benvenuto himself fought in it much more complete is the view he gives up the artistic life of the time it was the age of michelangelo and in the throng of great artists which then filled the italian cities. Shalini was no inconsiderable figure. Michelangelo himself he knew an doored no work. Can we gain a better idea than in this book of the passionate enthusiasm for the creation of beauty which has bestowed upon the italy of the renaissance greatest glory very vivid to is the impression we receive of the social life of the sixteenth century of its violence in licentious of its zeal for fine craftsmanship of its abounding vitality. Its versatility in its idealism. For cellini himself is an pity me of that century. This man who tells the story of his life was a murderer and a braggart insolent sensual. Inordinately proud and passionate but he was also a worker in gold and silver rejoicing indelicate subtle modeling of precious surfaces a sculptor and musician. And as all who read his book must testify. A great master of narrative is was benvenuto in himself and much as he loved to dwell on the splendor of his exploits and achievements. He had little idea that centuries after his death he would live again led by his perseus and his goldsmith's work than by the book which he dictated casually to aladdin fourteen while he went about his work. The autobiography was composed between fifteen fifty. Eight in fifteen sixty six but it brings the record down only to fifteen sixty two. The remainder of selena's life seems to have been somewhat more peaceful in fifteen sixty five. He married pierra to salvadorian parigi a servant who had nursed him when he was sick and in the care of his children as earlier of his sister and nieces he showed more tenderness than might have been expected from a man of his boisterous nature. He died at florence may thirteen fifteen seventy one and was buried in the church of the ziada in that city..

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