Life of Voltaire

Life of Voltaire

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...Voltaire, considering he was Voltaire, displayed in it. When the Margravine wrote on the subject to her brother and described Voltaire as ' intense and bilious ' and ' capable of every imprudence," the description was not unfair. When Frederick wrote to his sister and said plainly that Voltaire and Denis lied in their descriptions of the event and coloured it and embroidered on it to suit their own ends, ho was not precisely lying, though he was not precisely truthful, himself. But leaving the account of Voltaire, Madame Denis, and Collini altogether alone, from the account of Freytag the prejudiced, it is proved that Voltaire behaved, all things considered, with a great deal of philosophy and an unusual amount of patience. Why? He was leaving Prussia--with enormous difficulty to be sure--but he was leaving it at last. He was returning, as he hoped, to France. He had made a final trial of courts and kings--and found them wanting. Liberty was whispering and wooing him again--the siren he had loved and deserted, and whom he was to love again and desert no more. His blessed monotonous work at his ' Annals' made him ' forget all the Freytags.' For five hours a day, whether he was living in palaces or in prison, with princes or with jailers, he 'laboured tranquilly' at that book. The comic side of the situation appealed to him. He knew, or said he knew, that he deserved some of his misfortunes. And above all--far above all--the dream and the night were ending, and with the dawn of a new day came the courage, the fight, and the energy to win it. CHAPTER XXVI THE ' ESSAY ON THE MANNERS AND MIND OF NATIONS ' The arrival of Voltaire at Mayence rang down the curtain upon the greatest act of one of the most famous dramas of friendship in the world. It left...show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236673662
  • 9781236673664