A packaged miniature biography for those who have not read him in the original, and a brief refresher course for those who have. The memoirs of the famous lover, jailbird, alchemist, courtier and rogue are twelve volumes in length, and even the hardiest addict of pornography or eroticism is unlikely to plough through them in these crowded days. Therefore this condensation will serve its purpose. Kesten has omitted nothing of importance. If he does not touch on every passing dalliance, he gives the main episodes their due. And to this spicy dish he adds a little binder of historical research and explanation. Here is Casanova, practically as he wrote about himself, in abridged form. It has a chance -- for his name has its own magic.