The Cambridge Companion to Voltaire

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-03-16
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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As a leading thinker of the European Enlightenment, Voltaire is a central figure in France's collective cultural memory. The popularity of Candide has made him perhaps best known as a writer of tales. Yet these represent only a fraction of his entire Å"uvre. Voltaire created a style of authorship which made him the most famous writer in Europe and made him a figurehead for a certain style of writing and thinking. This Companion covers his plays, fiction, pamphlets, correspondence, biblical criticism, and historical, political and philosophical thought, to give a wide-ranging view of his writings. The most comprehensive book on Voltaire available in English, it makes accessible the most recent research in France as well as the English-speaking world, in a series of original essays and a guide to sources. The essays demonstrate why Voltaire remains an essential point of reference in defining the modern intellectual today.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vii
List of contributorsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Chronologyp. x
List of abbreviationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The making of a name: a life of Voltairep. 17
Voltaire and authorshipp. 31
Voltaire: philosopher or philosophe?p. 47
Voltaire and clandestine manuscriptsp. 65
Voltaire and the myth of Englandp. 79
Voltaire's masks: theatre and theatricalityp. 93
Voltaire as story-tellerp. 109
Candidep. 125
Voltaire and historyp. 139
Voltaire's correspondencep. 153
Voltaire: pamphlets and polemicp. 167
Voltaire and the politics of tolerationp. 179
Voltaire and the Biblep. 193
The Voltaire effectp. 205
Further readingp. 219
Indexp. 225
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