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Voltaire

A Life

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Voltaire by Ian Davidson
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Davidson tells the whole, rich story of Voltaire's 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. It is rare to have such a vivid portrait of a great man.

Author Biography

Ian Davidson worked for the Financial Times for many years (among other things as Paris correspondent and as chief foreign affairs columnist). His previous biography was Voltaire in Exile (2004)
Release date Australia
April 15th, 2010
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
Main
Imprint
Profile Books Ltd
Pages
560
Dimensions
162x240x48
ISBN-13
9781846682261
Product ID
4022157

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