Voltaire and the 1760s: Essays for John Renwick - Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 2008:10 (Paperback)Nicholas Cronk (editor)
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Many of the essays in this volume focus on Voltaire, revealing him as a writer of fiction and polemic who, during this period, became increasingly interested in questions of justice and jurisprudence. Other essays examine the literary activities of Voltaire's contemporaries, including Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Chamfort, Retif, Sedaine and Marmontel.
It is no exaggeration to describe the 1760s as Voltaire's decade. It is he more than any other author who set the agenda and held the public's attention during this seminal period for the development of Enlightenment ideas and values. Voltaire's dominance of the 1760s can be summed up in a single phrase: it is in these years that he became the 'patriarch of Ferney'.
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Number of pages: 308
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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