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PostCharles Ridley's "La Storia Noiosa della Mia Vita" (John Eipper, USA, 01/06/20 9:54 am)
Marie Ridley writes:
I have scanned my father's "La Storia Noiosa Della Mia Vita" written in 2012 for your reading pleasure.
In response to John E's question, I will reexamine and peruse his files to see if I can locate "An investigation Into the Causes of Hyperpedantism." I have found his "On-Out-of State Drivers," and may have seen his "0n the Difficulty of Becoming a Local Character for the Maine Visitor's Bureau" last month as I was going through his filing cabinet.
On his letterhead I found intriguing headers:
"Patronize Your Independent, Neighborhood Doctor of Philosophy. It's Good Scholarship"
"Specializing in the Treatment of Axioms, Postulates and Epistemological Disorders"
JE comments: From his birth on a cold and foggy morning, to his stint as a "soldato feroce," to his long and accomplished career as a translator, this text is classic Charles Ridley. Only an recognized authority on Epistemological Disorders would take on the daunting task of an autobiography...in Italian. Yet the language of Dante lends itself to the genre, perfectly. So glad you shared it with us, Marie!
Grading Charles Ridley's Italian
(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy
01/07/20 6:58 AM)
Very nice and touching autobiography from Charles Ridley, with a few negligible misspellings like natto instead of nato, esperandi = sperando, amichi = amici.
Absolutely good for a polyglot who, however, did not study Italian.
JE comments: A charming text with unparalleled humor. Did you miss Charles's autobiography the first time around? Here's the link: