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Voltaire Almighty

Author: Roger Pearson; Recorded Books, Inc.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2008.
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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 bishop's ban. During much of his life Voltaire was the toast of society for his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Pearson; Recorded Books, Inc.
ISBN: 9781596918771 1596918772
OCLC Number: 947058136
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed April 18, 2016).
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Contents: Cover; Title Page; Contents; Dedication; CURTAIN RISE; BEGINNINGS (1694â#x80;#x94;1733): FROM CRADLE TO CHAMPAGNE; 1 Of Uncertain Birth (1694â#x80;#x94;1704); How Zozo came to live in a beautiful courtyard, and how he was kicked out of the same; 2 Of Priests and Poets (1704â#x80;#x94;1711); What became of young Arouet among the Jesuits; 3 White Nights and Early Nights (1711â#x80;#x94;1718); How FranÃois Jell in love and out of favour; 4 Back to the Bastille (1718-1726); Wherein Arouet becomes Voltaire and is beaten up all the same; 5 England, 'Land of Liberty' (1726â#x80;#x94;1728) How an epic poet arrived in sunshine and left under a cloud6 From Bonanza to Bombshell (1728â#x80;#x94;1733); In which our hero wins the lottery and lights a fuse; MIDDLES (1733â#x80;#x94;1749): MY WIFE Ã#x89;MILIE; 7 Sex in Blue Stockings (1733â#x80;#x94;1735); How the lawyers had themselves a lovely holocaust, and how two cuckolds turned a blind eye; 8 A Marriage of True Minds (1735â#x80;#x94;1738); How Adam and Eve feasted on the Free of Knowledge; 9 Worms in the Apple (1736â#x80;#x94;1739); In which a great man rides high and stoops low; 10 Court Proceedings: Berlin or Pâris? (1739â#x80;#x94;1745) In which a bourgeois gentleman becomes a Gentleman in Ordinary11 The Way of the World (1745-1748); The courtier courts disaster and his niece; 12 Death of a Lover (1748â#x80;#x94;1749); What became of Ã#x89;milie and her soul (if she had one); LATE MIDDLES (1749â#x80;#x94;1768): A KINGDOM OF ONES OWN; 13 Hello and Goodbye to Berlin (1749â#x80;#x94;1753); Wherein a royal chamberlain is squeezed like an orange; 14 A Niece for a Wife, or House-hunting in the 1750s (1753â#x80;#x94;1755); How a man may be shipwrecked in Strasbourg and find heaven in Switzerland; 15 From Earthquake to Book Launch: Candide (1755â#x80;#x94;1759) How an optimist wrote a masterpiece and bought a kingdom16 The Vineyard of Truth (1759â#x80;#x94;1763); In which our hero ploughs a straight furrow and roots out infamy; 17 Jousting with Injustice: Calas and Rousseau (1761â#x80;#x94;1765); Wherein one man proclaims his innocence and another confesses; 18 D for Dictionary, D for Danger (1764â#x80;#x94;1768); On the convenience and inconvenience of pocket-books; ENDINGS (1768-1778): FROM GARDEN TO GRAVE; 19 April Foolery (1768â#x80;#x94;1769); Wherein a deist continues the struggle and prepares the ground; 20 The Watchmakers (1769â#x80;#x94;1773) Of silkworms and high priests, of statues and serpents21 A Fight to the Finish (1773â#x80;#x94;1776); Wherein the mind proves superior to matter; 22 The Last Act (1776â#x80;#x94;1778); Our hero is bled, absolved, and crowned; 23 Out Like a Candle (March-May 1778); Wherein we learn how to bury an infidel and to keep the flame burning; 24 Conclusion; The Author considers his Subject; CURTAIN CALL; Notes; Dramatis Personae; France, Europe and America 1643â#x80;#x94;1799; Select Bibliography; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; A Note on the Author; Imprint
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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 bishop's ban. 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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