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Firm Heart and Capacious Mind: The Life and Friends of Etienne Dumont (Hardback)
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Firm Heart and Capacious Mind: The Life and Friends of Etienne Dumont (Hardback)

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Hardback 332 Pages / Published: 29/05/1997
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Firm Heart and Capacious Mind: The Life and Friends of Etienne Dumont is the first full-length biography of a Renaissance man, the statesman/publicist/jurist/political writer/man of letters who was hailed by Goethe, Macauley and Stendhal as one of the great intellects of his time. Among other activities he advised Mirabeau (he leader of the National Assembly) in the French Revolution, introduced Jeremy Bentham to the world by publishing ten volumes edited and rewritten from Bentham's notes, and led the political struggle that turned Geneva into a democracy. Dumont also played a direct role in such social reforms as the abolition of slavery, corresponding with and advising Samuel Romilly, William Wiberforce and others. A confirmed bachelor, he was admired and at times loved by some of the most prominent women of his time: Lady Holland, Madame de Stael and Maria Edgeworth. There has been no other full-length work, and no book at all in English, on this remarkable man.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761807209
Number of pages: 332
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 221 x 144 x 24 mm


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...a real landmark: the first book-length study in English of a little known Genevan writer and publicist who played a significant role in the Bowood and Holland House circles of the reign of George II, in the French Revolution, ...and in the global dissemination of the Benthamite system of utilitarianism...Selth is to be congratulated for having blazed a first trail through this previously uncharted territory. -- THE HUGUENOT SOCIETY PROCEEDINGS Coppet Circle around Mme St, in Gen
...of interest to those concerned with Swiss history, the French Revolution, Jeremy Bentham, and the origins of English liberalism. -- Charlotte C. Wells, The American Journal of Legal History
...Selth gives a glimpse into the cultural background from which European liberalism emerged in the early decades of the nineteenth century...an accessible account of Dumont's career. -- Philip Schofield, University College London
Selth's Firm Heart and Capacious Mind is a much-needed seminal study that adeptly integrates biographical detail with political and social history of the European Enlightenment...A brilliant portrait of a man and his age-thorough, provocative, and enlightening. -- Elizabeth Harden, Wright State University
Selth's Firm Heart and Capacious Mind is a much-needed seminal study that adeptly integrates biographical detail with political and social history of the European Enlightenment...A brilliant portrait of a man and his age-thorough, provocative, and enlightening. -- Elizabeth Harden, Wright State University
...a real landmark: the first book-length study in English of a little known Genevan writer and publicist who played a significant role in the Bowood and Holland House circles of the reign of George II, in the French Revolution, ...and in the global dissemination of the Benthamite system of utilitarianism...Selth is to be congratulated for having blazed a first trail through this previously uncharted territory. -- THE HUGUENOT SOCIETY PROCEEDINGS Coppet Circle around Mme St, in Gen
...of interest to those concerned with Swiss history, the French Revolution, Jeremy Bentham, and the origins of English liberalism. -- Charlotte C. Wells, The American Journal of Legal History
...Selth gives a glimpse into the cultural background from which European liberalism emerged in the early decades of the nineteenth century...an accessible account of Dumont's career. -- Philip Schofield, University College London

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