Rameau's Nephew and D'Alembert's Dream

by Denis Diderot, Leonard Tancock (Translator)



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ISBN-13: 9780140441734
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1976
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 167,042
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Denis Diderot was born at Langres in eastern France in 1713, the son of a master cutler. He was originally destined for the Church but rebelled and persuaded his father to allow him to complete his education in Paris, where he graduated in 1732. For ten years Diderot was nominally a law student, but actually led a precarious bohemian but studious existence, eked out with tutoring, hack-writing and translating. His original writing began in 1746 with a number of scientific works setting out the materialist philosophy which he was to hold throughout his life. Along with his editorship of the Encyclopédie (1747-73), he wrote works on mathematics, medicine, the life sciences, economics, drama and painting, two plays and a novel, as well as his Salons (1759-81). His political writings were mainly composed around 1774 for Catherine II, at whose invitation he went to St. Petersburg. Diderot's astonishingly wide range of interests, together with his growing prediliction for the dialogue form, led to the production of his most famous works: D'Alembert's Dream, The Paradox of the Actor, Jacques the Fatalist and Rameau's Nephew. During the latter part of his life Diderot received a generous pension from Catherine II, in return for which he bequeathed her his library and manuscripts. He died in 1784.

Table of Contents

Foreword 7(9)
Denis Diderot 9(6)
Introduction to Rameau's Nephew 15(18)
Rameau's Nephew
Notes on Rameau's Nephew
Introduction to D' Alembert's Dream
Biographical Note on the Characters
Conversation between D'Alembert and Diderot
D'Alembert's Dream
Sequel to the Conversation
Notes on D' Alembert's Dream

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