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Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.</div> --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Voltaire was one of the most remarkable persons to have ever lived. This book is a microcosm of his beliefs, values, and a display of his cutting wit.Published 3 months ago by Bruce Coorpender
There are very few giants who have walked this earth that can fill the shoes of Voltaire.Published 14 months ago by WKE
Not exactly what I was hoping for. Still, it's worth reading. You definitely can tell he is passionate about the subjects.Published 18 months ago by Levi
The parts on English culture and government were probably the best. Unless you are a student of English history you will probably not be familiar with many of the people Voltaire... Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by The Mikeski
Material receive in great condition. Very cost worthy and practical. Highly recommend future purchases for my continued education needs. Material will be added to reference.Published on February 22, 2013 by W. Smith
Great writing, refreshingly intellectual, yet clear. Makes me think. An excellent break from the novels that make up the majority of my reading materials.Published on November 22, 2012 by Judy Adams