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This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduct This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduction issues beyond our control. Because this work is culturally important, we have made it available as a part of our commitment to protecting, preserving and promoting the world's literature.


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This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduct This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduction issues beyond our control. Because this work is culturally important, we have made it available as a part of our commitment to protecting, preserving and promoting the world's literature.

34 review for The Life Of Cardinal Mezzofanti: With An Introductory Memoir Of Eminent Linguists, Ancient And Modern

  1. 4 out of 5

    Giuseppe D

    The first part of the book is a bit boring since it just comprises a list of many polyglots of the past from various parts of Europe. It might be interesting, though, to learn that Cleopatra knew six or seven languages and that Italy wasn’t always at the bottom line of polyglottery and not only because of Mezzofanti, the prodigy whose life is examined in the rest of the book. It’s an inspiring story. It is often pointed out how Mezzofanti himself, who said could speak fifty languages and Bologne The first part of the book is a bit boring since it just comprises a list of many polyglots of the past from various parts of Europe. It might be interesting, though, to learn that Cleopatra knew six or seven languages and that Italy wasn’t always at the bottom line of polyglottery and not only because of Mezzofanti, the prodigy whose life is examined in the rest of the book. It’s an inspiring story. It is often pointed out how Mezzofanti himself, who said could speak fifty languages and Bolognese, despite his talent, heavily relied on practice to achieve the high standards he is still remembered for. And he wouldn’t just study on books but he would ‘put on his russian spectacles [for example] and see everything and think everything in russian with those spectacles on’ so he would actually go as far as to practising with himself. The author doesn’t shy away from quoting people who criticized the Cardinal calling him a parrot who would always talk about the same ideas with incorrect in pronunciation sometimes but I still think what is most admirable is not just his skills but the fact that he managed to pursue his passion for foreign languages all his life and with means so poor if compared to those we have nowadays. All in all, a very entertaining and inspiring read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gary Dale

    Actually, I give this book the high rating due to my fascination with polyglottery. Accounts of Cardinal Mezzofanti's talents varied widely in the book which left one a bit confused at the end of the day, but if you are into languages the way I am you'll love the story nonetheless. Actually, I give this book the high rating due to my fascination with polyglottery. Accounts of Cardinal Mezzofanti's talents varied widely in the book which left one a bit confused at the end of the day, but if you are into languages the way I am you'll love the story nonetheless.

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