Voltaire a life
Davidson, Ian 
   

Format: Paperback
Library Classification: Adult Non Fiction
BIC Subjects: Biography & autobiography: literary
Audience: General/trade
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Imprint: Profile Books Ltd
Publication Date: 1/04/2012
Place of Publication: United Kingdom


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This dazzling biography of Voltaire celebrates his extraordinary life through the thousands of his letters to have survived. We think of Voltaire as the epitome of the Enlightenment; in his own time he was also the most famous and controversial figure in Europe. Davidson tells the whole, rich story of his life (1694-1778) - his early imprisonment in the Bastille; exile in England and his mastery of English; an obsession with money, of which he made a huge amount; a scandalous love life; his infatuation with Frederick the Great; a long exile on the borders of Switzerland; his passion for watch-making; his human rights campaigns and his triumphant return to Paris to die there as celebrity extraordinaire. Throughout all of this Voltaire's life was always informed by two things: a belief in the essential value of toleration in the face of fanaticism; and in the right of every man to think and say what he liked.