Voltaire in Love

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In 1733, the lovely, intelligent, and married Marquise du Châtelet commenced her romance with one François-Marie Arouet, a philosophe who had made a name for himself as "Voltaire." Mitford deftly and engagingly recounts their exemplary affair, whether in studious exile in the country, on the run from the censor, or in the "thoughtless circles of high society." Her portrayals of the "scamp" philosopher, his mistress who was "excessive in everything," and their "irregular century" are delightful portraits in ...
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Overview

In 1733, the lovely, intelligent, and married Marquise du Châtelet commenced her romance with one François-Marie Arouet, a philosophe who had made a name for himself as "Voltaire." Mitford deftly and engagingly recounts their exemplary affair, whether in studious exile in the country, on the run from the censor, or in the "thoughtless circles of high society." Her portrayals of the "scamp" philosopher, his mistress who was "excessive in everything," and their "irregular century" are delightful portraits in themselves and as a group, a fascinating fresco of the French Enlightenment.
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“Mitford writes with a profound sympathy for the 17th and 18th century, and Voltaire in Love caps her career as the nonpareil popular biographer of that era” – Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
 
Voltaire in Love is Nancy Mitford’s most searching book. On the surface it is all polish and wit: underneath it is solid history.” – Time
 
“In this substantial but wonderfully gay and gossipy book, Miss Mitford details with a zest that is wholly engaging the idyllic moments and the hectic hours that marked the long association of these enormously intelligent lovers.” – The New Yorker
 
“A superb, if somewhat bawdy, tale, a true story surpassing mortal invention.” – Chicago Sunday Tribune
 
“A polished and entertaining piece of work.” – Atlantic Monthly

“For anyone who relishes historical fiction and high romance, Nancy Mitford's Voltaire In Love is a modern classic." - The Spectator

 “In Voltaire in Love Miss Mitford contributes much of her own. Her style is, as always vivacious, the narrative headlong, the incidental humor often suitably wry….Miss Mitford is not concerned in her biographies with the inner motivations of her subjects. They enact their story upon her pages, they speak their lines, and they keep the reader absorbed and awake. In their way, because they are stamped with the creator’s individuality, Miss Mitford’s books are works of art.” – The New York Times
 
“There are many accounts of their stormy, and highly productive, ménage à trois. Nancy Mitford once wrote a diverting book about it, Voltaire in Love (1957), which she described as less of a biography and more ‘a Kinsey report on his romps with Mme du Châtelet.’ Both sexually and intellectually, it was a time of high stimulation.”  -- Richard Holmes, The New York Review of Books
 
“We see something of the other side of moon that was Voltaire in Nancy Mitford’s splendidly suave and entertaining book about him, Voltaire in Love. This is the best thing she has ever written. It brings into play the style and the interests she displayed in her biography, Madame de Pompadour, and in at least of her novels, Love in the Cold Climate. Her approach to the dramatist and philosopher is through his long liason with a lady who excelled at mathematics and treatises on the widening field of science. This is as odd an alliance for a more worldly passion as anyone could hope to find, and Miss Mitford makes the most of the Voltairean jest of it….Her object is to take Voltaire away from the encyclopedias and the histories and show us the private life of a great encyclopedist and historian. She does that with casual excellence, scribbling a lively portrait of an age as well as her two leading characters’ furies and felicities.” – The New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590175781
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 591,011
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Mitford (1904–1973) was the eldest of the “Mitford girls,” the sisters who captured the attention of the British public and press with their literary talents and unpopular politics. Nancy Mitford herself was famous for her novels (The Pursuit of Love, The Blessing, and Don’t Tell Alfred), for her forays into social science (a critical study of the English aristocracy), and for her biographies of famous figures from French history (Madame de Pompadour, Voltaire in Love, and The Sun King, all available from NYRB Classics).

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Acknowledgements xxi

Author's Note xxiii

1 Voltaire and Emilie 1

2 The Young Voltaire 9

3 Voltaire in England 22

4 Émilie Inherits Voltaire 29

5 The Richelieu Wedding 36

6 Cirey 44

7 'Les Amours Philosophiques' 55

8 Frederick Appears on the Scene 64

9 Exit Linant, Enter Mme Denis 73

10 The Battle of Desfontaines 79

11 Mme de Grafigny's Story 89

12 Various Journeys 108

13 Frederick Comes to the Throne 116

14 Voltaire Fails for the Académie Française 130

15 Voltaire and Frederick 142

16 A Happy Summer at Cirey 149

17 Voltaire at Court 157

18 The Philosophers in Bad Odour 169

19 An Invitation 181

20 Lunéville 187

21 'Sémiramis' 197

22 Miscellaneous Works 208

23 'C'est vous qui me l'avez tuée' 216

Epilogue 224

Bibliography 225

Index 227

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