Voltaire in Exile: The Last Years, 1753-1778 (Paperback)

by Ian Davidson

Format: Paperback 368 pages

Not available on Waterstones.com

In 1753, Voltaire - playwright, poet, philosopher, and one of the most feted figures in Europe - was forced into exile by King Louis XV, where he would remain for the last 25 years of his life. This period heralded a startling new beginning for this remarkable character during which Voltaire became a successful entrepreneur and wrote his masterpiece Candide. Cast out by the establishment, he also developed astonishingly modern ideas about human rights, borne out in his campaigns against a series of miscarriages of justice. Ian Davidson has drawn on the rich correspondence between Voltaire and his family, members of the Court at Versailles and the French intellectual elite, to paint a wonderful portrait of the man declared by Diderot to be 'the unique man of the century'.

Book details

Published
14/07/2005

Publisher
Atlantic Books

ISBN
9781843540885


Other books by this author See all titles

The prices displayed are for website purchases only, and may differ to the prices in Waterstones shops.