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In 1777 several of the world's greatest men gathered together to create a book that would champion rationalism, free thinking, and secularism--the Encyclopédie. Such leading minds as Diderot, Rousseau, and Voltaire conceived of a work that would tear down the social order dominated by the Crown and Church, a brave act at a time when heresy could still be punished by death. During the years it took to produce all twenty-seven volumes, the writers faced exile, jail, and censorship. But when they were done, they had created a book that would provide the foundation for the Enlightenment and change the world forever. Novelist and historian Philipp Blom presents the story behind the sixteen-year struggle to create the Encyclopédie, the men who wrote it, the powerful forces that tried to suppress it, and the tremendous impact it had on the world.

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It was banned by the Pope but read openly in the French court. It made its writers very sought-after in the salon culture. Its writers were ambitious young men whose characters and personal circumstances made them dissatisfied with their status in a society dominated by the Crown and the Church, so they sought to demolish it. Arguably one of the most influential texts in French history, the Encylop<'e>die made household names of Diderot, Rousseau, Voltaire and d'Alembert, if one's household could afford to wait 16 years for its completion and buy all 27 volumes. Journalist Blom explains why the content of the Encyclop<'e>die, which included admiring comments on atheism and explicit illustrations of genitalia, could cause trouble with censors, and how its authors' powerful patrons allowed it to be published without their being executed.
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In 1777 several of the world's greatest men gathered together to create a book that would champion rationalism, free thinking, and secularism--the Encyclopédie. Such leading minds as Diderot, Rousseau, and Voltaire conceived of a work that would tear down the social order dominated by the Crown and Church, a brave act at a time when heresy could still be punished by death. During the years it took to produce all twenty-seven volumes, the writers faced exile, jail, and censorship. But when they were done, they had created a book that would provide the foundation for the Enlightenment and change the world forever. Novelist and historian Philipp Blom presents the story behind the sixteen-year struggle to create the Encyclopédie, the men who wrote it, the powerful forces that tried to suppress it, and the tremendous impact it had on the world.

Synopsis:

The story behind the sixteen-year struggle to create the Encyclopedie, the men who wrote it, the powerful forces that tried to suppress it, and the tremendous impact it had on the world.

About the Author

Philipp Blom is a journalist, translator, novelist, and historian. He is author of To Have and To Hold and writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and The Daily Telegraph. He lives in Paris.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781403968951
Author:
Blom, Philipp
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Subject:
French
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
Enlightenment
Subject:
Encyclopedias and dictionaries, french
Subject:
France
Subject:
World History-France
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.72 x 6.15 x 1.105 in

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In 1777 several of the world's greatest men gathered together to create a book that would champion rationalism, free thinking, and secularism--the Encyclopédie. Such leading minds as Diderot, Rousseau, and Voltaire conceived of a work that would tear down the social order dominated by the Crown and Church, a brave act at a time when heresy could still be punished by death. During the years it took to produce all twenty-seven volumes, the writers faced exile, jail, and censorship. But when they were done, they had created a book that would provide the foundation for the Enlightenment and change the world forever. Novelist and historian Philipp Blom presents the story behind the sixteen-year struggle to create the Encyclopédie, the men who wrote it, the powerful forces that tried to suppress it, and the tremendous impact it had on the world.

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