The Art of Living Long

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The Art of Living Long

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Author: Louis Cornaro


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Sixteenth century Venetian Ambassador and Renaissance Christian Luigi Cornaro was celebrated in his time for his stance on dietary self-restraint, moderate living, and living to the age of 103. For these hundred of years his classic book has survived as a renowned text on longevity and an inspiring treatise on the path of temperance that the author believed could lead anyone out of a state of illness and into a healthy long life. The Art of Living Long contains Cornaro's four discourses, respectively concerned with demonstrating his ideas through his own example, exploring the necessity of temperate habits, assuring a happy old age, and exhorting mankind to follow his rule. With introductions by Dr. Gerald Gruman and Joseph Addison, and additional essays by Lord Bacon and Sir William Temple.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 22, 2005
  • Page Count 136
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826126955
  • EISBN 9780826126962

Table of Contents 

Foreword by Robert Butler
by William F. Butler
Introduction to First Edition

“To Louis Cornaro” by John Witt Randall
Joseph Addison in The Spectator, October 13, 1711

Introduction to New Edition

Renaissance Paths to Prolongevity: Cornaro and Bacon by Gerald J. Gruman, MD, PhD, 1989
The Life and Writings of Louis Cornaro, by Hieronimo Gualdo

Part I
The Temperate Life by Louis Cornaro

The First Discourse
The Second Discourse
The Third Discourse
The Fourth Discourse

Part II
Selections from History of Life and Death by: Lord Bacon
Selections from Health and Long Life by: Sir William Temple


  • A Short History of the Cornaro Family

  • Some Account of Eminent Cornaros

  • A Eulogy Upon Louis Cornaro by Bartolomeo Gamba

  • The Villas Erected by Louis Cornaro by Dr. Prof. Emilio Lovarini

  • Notes