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The Portable Voltaire

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Includes Part One of Candide; three stories; selections from The Philosophical Dictionary, The Lisbon Earthquake, and other works; and thirty-five letters.

About the Author

François-Marie Arouet, writing under the pseudonym Voltaire, was born in 1694 into a Parisian bourgeois family. Educated by Jesuits, he was an excellent pupil but one quickly enraged by dogma. An early rift with his father—who wished him to study law—led to his choice of letters as a career. Insinuating himself into court circles, he became notorious for lampoons on leading notables and was twice imprisoned in the Bastille.

By his mid-thirties his literary activities precipitated a four-year exile in England where he won the praise of Swift and Pope for his political tracts. His publication, three years later in France, of Lettres philosophiques sur les Anglais (1733)—an attack on French Church and State—forced him to flee again. For twenty years Voltaire lived chiefly away from Paris. In this, his most prolific period, he wrote such satirical tales as “Zadig” (1747) and “Candide” (1759). His old age at Ferney, outside Geneva, was made bright by his adopted daughter, “Belle et Bonne,” and marked by his intercessions in behalf of victims of political injustice. Sharp-witted and lean in his white wig, impatient with all appropriate rituals, he died in Paris in 1778—the foremost French author of his day.

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction

Some Dates in the Life of Voltaire

A Brief Biography of Works by Voltaire

Philosophical Dictionary

Selections

Miscellany

Candide

Zadig

Micromegas

Story of a Good Brahmin

Letters

To Frederick the Great

Miscellaneous Letters

Selections from The English Letters

Essay on the Manners and Spirit of Nations

Recapitulation

The Lisbon Earthquake

Author's Preface

The Lisbon Earthquake

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140150414
Editor:
Redman, Ben R.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Editor:
Redman, Ben R.
Author:
Redman, Ben Ray
Author:
De Voltaire, Francois-Marie
Author:
Voltaire
Author:
Voltaire, Ray
Author:
Francois Voltaire
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
Authors, french
Subject:
Voltaire
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Voltaire - Translations into English
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Portable Library
Publication Date:
19770731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
7.79x5.05x1.14 in. .88 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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