The Portable Voltaire

The Portable Voltaire


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The Portable Voltaire by Voltaire, Francois-Marie De Voltaire

Includes Part One of Candide; three stories; selections from The Philosophical Dictionary, The Lisbon Earthquake, and other works; and thirty-five letters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140150414
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1977
Series: Portable Library Series
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 379,576
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

François-Marie Arouet, writing under the pseudonym Voltaire, was born in 1694 into a Parisian bourgeois family. Educated by Jesuits, he was an excellent pupil but one quickly enraged by dogma. An early rift with his father—who wished him to study law—led to his choice of letters as a career. Insinuating himself into court circles, he became notorious for lampoons on leading notables and was twice imprisoned in the Bastille.

By his mid-thirties his literary activities precipitated a four-year exile in England where he won the praise of Swift and Pope for his political tracts. His publication, three years later in France, of Lettres philosophiques sur les Anglais (1733)—an attack on French Church and State—forced him to flee again. For twenty years Voltaire lived chiefly away from Paris. In this, his most prolific period, he wrote such satirical tales as “Zadig” (1747) and “Candide” (1759). His old age at Ferney, outside Geneva, was made bright by his adopted daughter, “Belle et Bonne,” and marked by his intercessions in behalf of victims of political injustice. Sharp-witted and lean in his white wig, impatient with all appropriate rituals, he died in Paris in 1778—the foremost French author of his day.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Voltaire is one of the most witty writers I have ever read outside of school, let alone inside. His thoughts of the most indistinctive trangedies of our past history is amazing, I never knew about half of the things he mentioned in the book, Candide or Optimism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Portable Voltaire has everything you need: a nice sampling of his philosophy, its realization in fiction, and letters that convey his true character. Geared towards the novice, it is an excellent introduction to this immortal genius. Including complete copies of Candide and Zadig, it truly offers a substantial amount of his fiction as well. I would recommend reading selections of your interest from the Philosophical Dictionary first, then either Candide or Zadig, then the Micromegas, then the letters and then his later work. The versatility and wit of this unmatched genius is truly captured in this very portable volume. Also of note: the translation of Candide in this volume is the best I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful collection of Voltaire's essays and other Works. Very easy to understand, and should be read because Voltaire was a major influence on Thomas Jefferson's political writings and religous openness
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