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Letters to Father: Suor Maria Celeste to Galileo, 1623-1633 (Penguin Classics)by Maria Celeste Galilei
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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.
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
Letters to Father 1
Within a Decade's Correspondence 151
The Sisters of San Matteo 155
Florentine Weights, Measures, and Currency 157
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