Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | March 23, 2017

byNicholas Cronk

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Voltaire (1694-1778), best remembered as the author of Candide, is one of the central actors - arguably the defining personality - of the European Enlightenment. In this Very Short Introduction, Nicholas Cronk explores Voltaire's remarkable career and demonstrates how his thinking is pivotalto our notion and understanding of the Enlightenment. In a fresh and modern examination of his writings, Cronk examines the nature of Voltaire's literary celebrity, demonstrating the extent to which his work was reactive and practical, and therefore made sense within the broader context of the debates to which he responded. The most famous livingauthor in Europe in the 18th century, Cronk emphasises Voltaire's skills of 'performance' as a writer and his continued relevance today. He concludes by looking not only at Voltaire's impact in literature and philosophy, but also his influence on French political values and modern French politics. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Voltaire (1694-1778), best remembered as the author of Candide, is one of the central actors - arguably the defining personality - of the European Enlightenment. In this Very Short Introduction, Nicholas Cronk explores Voltaire's remarkable career and demonstrates how his thinking is pivotalto our notion and understanding of the Enligh...

Nicholas Cronk is Professor of French Literature in Oxford and Director of the Voltaire Foundation. For the last decade, he has been general editor of the Complete Works of Voltaire. He is also currently President of the French Societe des etudes voltairiennes, based at the Sorbonne. He has published many editions of individual Voltair...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.01 inPublished:March 23, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199688354

ISBN - 13:9780199688357

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Table of Contents

1. The actor2. The Epicurean3. The Englishman4. The scientist5. The courtier6. The Swiss exile7. The patriarch8. The after-lifeFurther readingIndex