Erasmus and Voltaire: Why They Still Matter

Erasmus and Voltaire: Why They Still Matter

by Ricardo J. Quinones

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442698895
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 01/30/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ricardo J. Quinones is a professor emeritus in the Department of English at Claremont McKenna College.

Table of Contents




List of Abbreviations


Career Episodes

1 Names for Bastards

2 England, always England

Works: Children of a Fortunate Hour

3 Erasmus's Letter to van Dorp and Voltaire's Letter to Rousseau

4 Works Finding Their Ways

5 The Survivors: Praise of Folly and Candide


6 Never a Peace: 'Thus always Cain or Abel'

Epilogue: Recurrence and Recognition


Works Cited


What People are Saying About This

David M. Hertz

'Extremely worldly and sophisticated, Erasmus and Voltaire both engaged with the most important ideas of their times. Champions of civilization and tradition, they were revolutionary in some ways, but ready to hold the line in contradistinction to the more rebellious ideologues of their time. It is always a pleasure to read the work of Ricardo J. Quinones, and this fine study brings to light the parallel development of these two figures, with a clarity and appeal I have never before seen in writing on either Erasmus or Voltaire.'

Paul Barolsky

'Cultural history, comparative literature, historical typology and intellectual history all in one, Erasmus and Voltaire is Ricardo J. Quinones's summa—an impassioned celebration of two literary giants. In a series of powerful and close readings of Erasmus and Voltaire, Quinones reflects on the modern condition with penetrating ancillary commentaries that range from Shakespeare to Thomas Mann. Writing with the urgency and fervor of a pamphleteer, the author calls for a restoration of the courage, benevolence, imagination, gradualism, sanity, and ultimate illumination that we discover in his two subjects. This is a book that should be read by all literary scholars, historians, philosophers—and statesmen!'

Eva Brann

'Ricardo Quinones, the principal proponent of "Dualisms," that fascinating category of intellectual rivalry, has written a complementary book bringing together figures of similar type living centuries apart. His expectation that this comparison will enhance the importance of both his exemplars, Erasmus and Voltaire, is amply realized.'

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