- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Grove Press; 1st Edition edition (January 11, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802117910
- ISBN-13: 978-0802117915
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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A probing and careful biographer, Davidson recognizes that the transforming event of Voltaire's life came when he was banished from France. Losing his place in a country that idolized him as a poet and dramatist awakened Voltaire to political issues transcending national boundaries. In this chronicle of Voltaire's deep involvement in a series of post-exile campaigns to reverse barbaric court rulings, Davidson limns the great writer's remarkable transformation from a literary celebrity into an international champion of human rights. That metamorphosis generated scores of spirited letters initially appealing simply for the lives and liberty--or posthumous reputations--of specific individuals but finally demanding the radical reforms needed to free judicial proceedings from ecclesiastical tyranny. Davidson piquantly details Voltaire's real and unrelenting fight against the church hierarchy but also explodes the mythical image of Voltaire as an atheist and an egalitarian revolutionary. The brilliant writer of Candide knew all too well that this is far from "the best of all possible worlds"; this valuable study shows how resolutely he labored to make it a better one. Bryce Christensen
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"Davidson ... presents a vivid account of Voltaire's mounting disquiet over a tradition-bound regime around which the ice was beginning to crack. it is one of the charms of Davidson's semi-biography that he presents Voltaire in all his human variety." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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It also reminds us that it's not what you know, it's who you know. Nice to see that life hasn't changed much in the fundamentals.