Voltaire Almighty

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 7, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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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This was a fun book to read. I wanted to learn about Voltaire, and this was a good biography. I haven't read any other biographies of Voltaire, so I can't compare it with all of the others. But it ... Read full review

Voltaire almighty: a life in pursuit of freedom

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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

Of Uncertain Birth 16941704
9
White Nights and Early Nights 17111718
32
Back to the Bastille 17181726
48
England Land of Liberty 17261728
69
From Bonanza to Bombshell 17281733
85
Sex in Blue Stockings 17331735
109
In which a great man rides high and stoops
142
Berlin or Paris? 17391745
162
L4 A Niece for a Wife or Househunting
236
In which our hero ploughs a straight furrow
269
Calas and Rousseau 17611765
283
I9 April Foolery 17681769
323
A Fight to the Finish 17731776
349
The Last Act 17761778
364
Out Like a Candle MarchMay 1778
381
CURTAIN CALL
411

The Way of the World 17451748
182
I2 Death of a Lover 17481749
196
Hello and Goodbye to Berlin 17491753
213

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Roger Pearson is Professor of French at Oxford. He has translated and edited Candide and Other Stories for Oxford World's Classics and has written several books on notable Frenchmen.

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