Voltaire Almighty: A Life in Pursuit of Freedom

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A&C Black, Dec 15, 2010 - History - 480 pages
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During much of his life Voltaire's plays and verse made him the toast of society, but his barbed wit and commitment to reason also 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 colourful as his intellectual one. Voltaire never married, but 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 his last twenty-five years. With its tales of illegitimacy, prison, stardom, exile, love affairs and tireless battles against critics, Church and King, Roger Pearson's brilliant biography brings Voltaire vividly to life.
 

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Pearson (French, Oxford; ed. and trans., Candide and Other Stories ) has written a captivating and revealing book about one of the giants of the French Enlightenment, Voltaire (n Franois-Marie Arouet ... Read full review

Contents

CURTAIN RISE
Of Uncertain Birth 16941704
Of Priests and Poets 17041711
White Nights and Early Nights 17111718
Back to the Bastille 17181726
England Land of Liberty 17261728
From Bonanza to Bombshell 17281733
Sex in Blue Stockings 17331735
A Niece for a Wife or Househunting in the 1750s 17531755
Candide 17551759
The Vineyard of Truth 17591763
April Foolery 17681769
The Watchmakers 17691773
The Last Act 17761778
Out Like a Candle MarchMay 1778
Conclusion

A Marriage of True Minds 17351738
Worms in the Apple 17361739
Berlin or Paris? 17391745
The Way of the World 17451748
A KINGDOM OF ONES
CURTAIN CALL
Dramatis Personae
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Roger Pearson is Professor of French at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Queen's College. He has translated and edited Candide and Other Stories for Oxford World's Classics and is the author of The Fables of Reason: A Study of Voltaire's Contes Philosophiques. His other publications include books on Stendhal and Mallarmé.

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