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Voltaire almighty : a life in pursuit of freedom

Author: Roger Pearson
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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With its tales ofnbsp; illegitimacy, prison, stardom, exile, love affairs, and tireless battles against his critics, priests and king, Roger Pearson's Voltaire Almighty brings the father of Enlightenment to vivid life. nbsp; Voltaire Almighty provides a lively look at the life and thought of one of the major forces behind European Enlightenment. A rebel from start to finish (1694-1778), Voltaire was an ailing and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Voltaire; Voltaire; Voltaire.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Pearson
ISBN: 1582346305 9781582346304
OCLC Number: 61247425
Description: xxxii, 447 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: Dramatis personae --
France, Europe and America 1643-1799 --
Curtain rise --
Beginnings (1694-1733): from cradle to champagne. Of uncertain birth (1694-1733) --
Of priests and poets (1704-1711) --
White nights and early nights (1711-1718) --
Back to the Bastille (1718-1726) --
England, 'Land of Liberty' (1726-1728) --
From bonanza to bombshell (1728-1733) --
Middles (1733-1749): my wife Emile. Sex in blue stockings (1733-1735) --
A marriage of true minds (1735-1738) --
Worms in the apple (1736-1739) --
Court proceedings: Berlin or Paris? (1739-1745) --
The way of the world (1745-1748) --
Death of a lover (1748-1749) --
Late middles (1749-1768): a kingdom of one's own. Hello and goodbye to Berlin (1749-1753) --
A niece for a wife, or house-hunting in the 1750s (1753-1755) --
From earthquake to book launch: Candide (1755-1759) --
The vineyard of truth (1759-1763) --
Jousting with injustice: Calas and Rousseau (1961-1765) --
D for dictionary, D for danger (1764-1768) --
Endings (1768-1778): from garden to grave. April foolery (1768-1769) --
The watchmakers (1769-1773) --
A fight to the finish (1773-1776) --
The last act (1776-1778) --
Out like a candle (March-May 1778) --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Roger Pearson.
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With its tales ofnbsp; illegitimacy, prison, stardom, exile, love affairs, and tireless battles against his critics, priests and king, Roger Pearson's Voltaire Almighty brings the father of Enlightenment to vivid life. nbsp; Voltaire Almighty provides a lively look at the life and thought of one of the major forces behind European Enlightenment. A rebel from start to finish (1694-1778), Voltaire was an ailing and unwanted bastard child who refused to die; and when he did consent to expire some eighty-four years later, he secured a Christian burial despite a bishops ban. nbsp; During much of his life Voltaire was the toast of society for his plays and verse, but his barbed wit and commitment to human reason got him into trouble. Jailed twice and eventually banished by the king, he was an outspoken critic of religious intolerance and persecution. His personal life was as colorful as his intellectual life. Of independent means and mind, Voltaire never married, but he had long-term affairs with two women: Emilie, who died after giving birth to the child of another lover, and his niece, Marie-Louise, with whom he spent the last twenty-five years of his life. The consummate outsider; a dissenter who craved acceptance while flamboyantly disdaining it; author of countless stories, poems, books, plays, treatises, and tracts as well as some twenty thousand letters to his friends: Voltaire lived a long, active life that makes for engaging and entertaining reading.

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