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Voltaire's correspondence

by Deidre Dawson | 01 April 1994
Hardback
Synopsis
Voltaire's massive correspondence has been a goldmine for historians, biographers and literary scholars since the eighteenth century, but it has often been valued merely as a key to understanding his other works, rather than as a literary text in its own right. This study shows clearly and persuasively that Voltaire's personal letters merit inclusion among his major literary works. It begins by discussing the evolution of fictional writing and letter writing throughout the early history of western literature in the light of recent theories of epistolarity. The author then examines Voltaire's correspondence with his mistress Madame Denis, with the Tronchin family of Geneva, and with the encyclopediste Jean le Rond d'Alembert, to conclude that Voltaire's correspondence is perhaps his greatest work of fiction: an epistolary novel of which Voltaire himself is the central character.
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Synopsis
Voltaire's massive correspondence has been a goldmine for historians, biographers and literary scholars since the eighteenth century, but it has often been valued merely as a key to understanding his other works, rather than as a literary text in its own right. This study shows clearly and persuasively that Voltaire's personal letters merit inclusion among his major literary works. It begins by discussing the evolution of fictional writing and letter writing throughout the early history of western literature in the light of recent theories of epistolarity. The author then examines Voltaire's correspondence with his mistress Madame Denis, with the Tronchin family of Geneva, and with the encyclopediste Jean le Rond d'Alembert, to conclude that Voltaire's correspondence is perhaps his greatest work of fiction: an epistolary novel of which Voltaire himself is the central character.
€51.80
155 Reward Points
Currently out of stock
Delivery 5-7 Days
Eligible for free delivery

Any purchases for more than €10 are eligible for free delivery anywhere in the UK or Ireland!


Product Details

ISBN - 9780820421162
Format - Hardback
Publisher -
Published - 01/04/1994
Categories - All, Books, Fiction, Literature, Literary Reference & Essays
No. of Pages - 189
Weight - 460
Edition -
Series - - Not Available
Page Size - 24
Language - en-US
Readership Age - Not Available
Table of Contents - Not Available

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