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Letters to Father: Suor Maria Celeste to Galileo, 1623-1633 (Penguin Classics)

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Placed in a convent at the age of thirteen, Virginia Galilei, Galileos eldest daughter, wrote to her father continually. Now Dava Sobel has translated into English all 124 surviving letters that Virginia (renamed Suor Maria Celeste at the convent) wrote to Galileo. The letters span a dramatic decade that included the Thirty Years War, the bubonic plague, and the development of Galileos own universe-changing discoveries. Suor Maria Celestes letters touch on these events, but mostly they focus on details of everyday life that connect her and her father: descriptions of confections she sent to him; news of his estate, which she managed while he was on trial; a request for Galileo to fix the convent clock. Her prose reveals an exceptional woman and presents a memorable portrait of deep affection between a father and daughter.

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of "Galileo's Daughter" comes a book of the actual letters that inspired that story. The letters span a dramatic decade and reveal an exceptional woman who also was an intelligent, pious, and literary nun.

About the Author

Virginia Galilei (1600-1634), known as Suor Maria Celeste, was a member of the Poor Clare Order and was the eldest child of Galileo Galilei.

Dava Sobel is the author of the international bestsellers Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, which won a Christopher Award and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2001 she received both the National Science Board's Public Service Award and the Bradford Washburn Award from the Museum of Science in Boston.

Table of Contents

Galilei Genealogy   viii

Introduction             xi

Letters to Father  1

Within a Decade's Correspondence   151

The Sisters of San Matteo   155

Florentine Weights, Measures, and Currency   157

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142437155
Translator:
Sobel, Dava
Author:
Sobel, Dava
Author:
Maria Celeste, Suor
Author:
Galilei, Maria Celeste
Author:
Suor Maria Celeste
Author:
Galilel, Virginia
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Letters
Subject:
Astronomers
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
02-1
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.77x5.05x.52 in. .31 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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