by Ricci, Corrado (translated from the Italian by Morris Bishop and Henry Longan Stuart)
New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation. Very Good+ in Good dj. 1933 (c.1925). 1st Black and Gold Edition. Hardcover. NOISBN . [solid copy, very light spotting to covers, light shelfwear; jacket rubbed, edgeworn, small tears and minor paper loss at most corners, still quite presentable]. "The amazing story of one of the most tragic and one of the most lovely of Italian noble women of the sixteenth centur -- a century of cruel and vicious license. At the age of eighteen, Beatrice Cenci was imprisoned in a lonely castle by her father, and subjected to such treatment that she was led to procure his murder. After a year of precarious freedom, in spite of appeals to the Pope for clemency, she was arrested, tried, and put to death." Beatrice's travails have had a long afterlife in art and literature: Percy Bysshe Shelley based his 1819 verse drama, "The Cenci: A Tragedy in Five Acts," on the story, which has also been adapted for a number of novels, plays, and operas (by the likes of Stendahl, Alberto Moravia, Antonin Artaud, and others). It was also the basis for a 1969 Italian film by Lucio Fulci (with Adrienne Larussa as Beatrice), which had the charming British release title of "Perversion Story." (Per the dust jacket, this is a "complete unabridged one-volume edition," having been previously issued by Boni & Liveright in a two-volume edition in 1925.) . (Inventory #: 16295)
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