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Voltaire in exile : the last years, 1753-78

Author: Ian Davidson
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"In 1753, King Louis XV forced Voltaire - playwright, poet, philosopher, and one of the most celebrated figures in Europe - into exile. Voltaire carved out a vibrant world in isolation, becoming a successful entrepreneur, writing his masterpiece, Candide, and lavishing upon those around him the finer things in life. Moreover, during these twenty-five years in Geneva, Voltaire developed his modern ideas of human
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Davidson, Ian, 1935-
Voltaire in exile.
New York : Grove Press, ©2004
(OCoLC)645914858
Named Person: Voltaire; Voltaire; Voltaire
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Davidson
ISBN: 0802117910 9780802117915
OCLC Number: 56194984
Description: xix, 342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Prologue : 1694-1750 --
Money : 1750-53 --
Geneva : 1754-5 --
Candide and the English Admiral : 1753-9 --
L'Infame : 1758-61 --
The adoption of Mlle Corneille : 1760-63 --
The Calas Affair : 1761-5 --
The Swiss Marmot : 1764-5 --
Ferney : 1765 --
Beccaria and the Commentaire : 1765-6 --
The execution of the Chevalier de La Barre : 1765-8 --
The blockade : 1765-8 --
Solitude : 1767-9 --
Watchmaking : 1770-76 --
Last campaigns : 1770-78 --
Return to Paris : 1778 --
Afterword.
Responsibility: Ian Davidson.

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"In 1753, King Louis XV forced Voltaire - playwright, poet, philosopher, and one of the most celebrated figures in Europe - into exile. Voltaire carved out a vibrant world in isolation, becoming a successful entrepreneur, writing his masterpiece, Candide, and lavishing upon those around him the finer things in life. Moreover, during these twenty-five years in Geneva, Voltaire developed his modern ideas of human rights and social equality, which were borne out in his campaigns against a series of miscarriages of justice."

"In Voltaire in Exile, Ian Davidson has re-created this period in the life of one of the giant figures of the Enlightenment. By painstakingly translating the rich correspondence between Voltaire and his family, members of the Court at Versailles, and the French intellectual elite, Davidson allows us to discover Voltaire the artist, the campaigner, the aesthete, the lover, the humorist. The result is a portrait of this funny, iconoclastic, complex, and ferociously intelligent individual - the man Diderot described as "the unique man of the century.""--Jacket.

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