The Cambridge Companion to Voltaire

The Cambridge Companion to Voltaire

by Nicholas Cronk
     
 

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As a leading thinker of the European Enlightenment, Voltaire is a central figure in France’s collective cultural memory. The popularity of Candide has made him perhaps best known as a writer of tales. Yet these represent only a fraction of his entire œuvre. Voltaire created a style of authorship which made him the most famous writer in Europe and turned

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As a leading thinker of the European Enlightenment, Voltaire is a central figure in France’s collective cultural memory. The popularity of Candide has made him perhaps best known as a writer of tales. Yet these represent only a fraction of his entire œuvre. Voltaire created a style of authorship which made him the most famous writer in Europe and turned his name into a brand for a certain style of writing and thinking. This Companion covers his plays, fiction, pamphlets, correspondence, biblical criticism, and historical, political and philosophical thought, to give a wide-ranging view of his writings. The most comprehensive book on Voltaire available in English, it makes accessible the most recent research in France as well as the English-speaking world, in a series of original essays and a guide to sources. The essays demonstrate why Voltaire remains an essential point of reference in defining the modern intellectual today.

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'The Cambridge Companion to Voltaire is a fascinating guide to one of the world's most influential authors and thinkers. It will help introduce new readers to Voltaire and encourage others to revisit him. One can only hope that this will facilitate the nurturing of new generations of Voltaire experts, including in Britain.' Reference Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521849739
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/16/2009
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Nicholas Cronk is Professor of French Literature and Director of the Voltaire Foundation at the University of Oxford.

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