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Voltaire in Exile The Last Years 1753 - 78

Davidson, Ian

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ISBN 10: 0802142362 / ISBN 13: 9780802142368
Published by Grove Press, Ny, 2004
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Voltaire in Exile The Last Years 1753 - 78

Publisher: Grove Press, Ny

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition.

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In 1753, Voltaire — playwright, poet, philosopher, and one of the most fêted figures in Europe — was forced by Louis XV into exile, where he remained for the last twenty-five years of his life. These years heralded a startling new beginning for this remarkable man. Voltaire carved out a new and vibrant world in his isolation, becoming a successful entrepreneur and writing his masterpiece Candide. In Voltaire in Exile, Ian Davidson re-creates this period in the life of one of the giants 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 wonderfully vivid portrait of this extraordinarily funny, iconoclastic, complex, and, above all, ferociously intelligent individual.

About the Author:

IAN DAVIDSON graduated in Classics from Cambridge and joined the Financial Times in 1960. Reporting on European news, he was the newspaper's Brussels and Paris correspondent for many years and Foreign Affairs columnist on his retirement in 1997. The Trials of Voltaire is his first book.

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