|類型/形式：||Translations into English|
New York, Viking Press, 1949
Voltaire; Ben Ray Redman
|描述：||v, 569 pages ; 17 cm.|
|内容：||Philosophical dictionary. Candide. Zadig. Micromegas. Story of a good Brahmin. Letters. Selections from the English letters. Essay on the manners and spirit of nations. Lisbon earthquake.|
|叢書名：||Viking portable library.|
|責任：||edited, and with an introduction by Ben Ray Redman.|
"The Portable Voltaire" is an excellent compendium of the major works of the man who became the most famous iconoclast of the French Enlightenment. One of the attractions of this particular volume is the introduction by Ben Ray Redman, who delivers with witty, flowing prose an extremely interesting short biography and a summary of the man's philosophy. Normally I don't bother to mention a book's introduction in a review, but Redman's is so good I make a notable exception. Voltaire was a man of contrasts. He was sickly and feeble but miraculously managed to extend his lifespan to eighty-four years, travel abroad, and survive in prison; he was made wealthy by various benefactors and seemed generally happy but could be very cynical and antagonistic in his writing; and most notoriously, he was a deist whose hatred of Christianity could make him appear to be an atheist. Most of what he hated about Christianity was the clergy--their hypocrisy, their adherence to practices he found absurd, their conceit that everything in the universe is made exclusively for man's consumption and amusement--and the superstition and fanaticism exhibited by the more extreme practitioners of the faith. -- from http://www.amazon.com (June 16, 2014).