Voltaire: A Life
We think of Voltaire as the epitome of the Enlightenment; in his own time he was also the most famous and controversial figure in Europe. Davidson tells the whole, rich story of his life (1694-1778) - his early imprisonment in the Bastille; exile in England and his mastery of English; an obsession with money, of which he made a huge amount; a scandalous love life; his infatuation with Frederick the Great; a long exile on the borders of Switzerland; his passion for watch-making; his human rights campaigns and his triumphant return to Paris to die there as celebrity extraordinaire. Throughout all of this Voltaire's life was always informed by two things: a belief in the essential value of toleration in the face of fanaticism; and in the right of every man to think and say what he liked. It is rare to have such a vivid portrait of a great man.
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Review: Voltaire: A LifeUser Review - Mj Travis - Goodreads
A nice introduction for a novice Voltaire reader. I found it easy to read and informative. The author doesn't pretend it's a definitive account on Voltaire. I would recommend it as a good place to start on matters Voltaire , his writings & contemporaries. Read full review
Review: Voltaire: A LifeUser Review - Tim - Goodreads
The point of biography is to tell the story of a life and - if possible - to tell you why that life in particular was significant. Ian Davidson's Voltaire: A Life does an excellent job of the first ... Read full review