The Life of Courage: The Notorious Thief, Whore and Vagabond

TitleThe Life of Courage: The Notorious Thief, Whore and Vagabond
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsGrimmelshausen, Hans Jacob Christoph von
TranslatorMitchell, Mike
Number of Pages168
PublisherDedalus European Classics
CitySawtry, UK

A companion volume to Simplicissimus: the story of young girl named Courage, caught up in the turmoil of the Thirty Years' War, who survives, even prospers, by the use of her native cunning and sexual attraction. Completely amoral, she flits through a succession of husbands and lovers and ends her life with a band of Gypsies. The conceit here is that Courage supposedly tells her story to get back at Simplicissimus, who treats her dismissively in his own memoirs. This is a remorseless tale of lechery, knavery and trickery.

Short TitleLife of Courage
Original PublicationLebensbeschreibung der Ertzbetrügerin und Landstörtzerin Courasche, 1670
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