The Works of Voltaire: Age of Louis XIV

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Dec 31, 1904
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'What can you say to a man who tells you he prefers obeying God rather than men, and that as a result he's certain he'll go to heaven if he cuts your throat?' Voltaire's Pocket Philosophical Dictionary, first published in 1764, is a major work of the European Enlightenment. It is also a highly entertaining book: this is no 'dictionary' in the ordinary sense, nor does it treat 'philosophy' in the modern meaning of the term. It consists of a sequence of short essays or articles, arranged in alphabetical order, and covering everything from Apocalypse and Atheism to Tolerance and Tyranny. The unifying thread of these articles is Voltaire's critique of established religion: ridicule of established dogma, attacks on superstition, and pleas for toleration. Witty and ironic, this is very much a work of combat, part of Voltaire's high-profile political struggle in the 1760s to defend the victims of religious and political intolerance. This new translation is based on the definitive French text, and reprints the edition that provoked widespread controversy and condemnation. In his Introduction Nicholas Cronk considers the work's continuing relevance to modern debates about religious intolerance and its consequences. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
The leading figure of the French Enlightenment, Voltaire was a versatile writer, celebrated for his satirical wit and his advocacy of freedom of religion. Voltaire’s oeuvre features works in almost every literary form, including masterpieces in drama, poetry and fiction, as well as historical and scientific literature. This comprehensive eBook presents the largest collection of Voltaire’s works ever compiled in English translation, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

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* Includes Voltaire’s rare epic poems ‘The Henriade’ and ‘The Maid of Orleans’ – available in no other collection
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* Includes Voltaire’s plays - spend hours exploring the celebrated plays
* Includes a comprehensive range of non-fiction texts
* Special criticism section, with essays evaluating Voltaire’s contribution to literature
* Features three biographies - discover Voltaire’s literary life
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CONTENTS:

The Philosophical Fiction
ZADIG
MICROMEGAS
CANDIDE; OR, THE OPTIMIST
L’INGÉNU
THE MAN OF FORTY CROWNS
OTHER PHILOSOPHICAL TALES

The Plays
OEDIPUS
MARIAMNE
ZAIRE
CAESAR
THE PRODIGIAL
MEROPE
OLYMPIA
THE ORPHAN OF CHINA
BRUTUS
MAHOMET
AMELIA
SOCRATES
ALZIRE
ORESTES
SÉMIRAMIS
CATILINE
PANDORA
THE SCOTCH WOMAN
NANINE
THE PRUDE
THE TATLER
PREFACES TO PLAYS

The Poetry
THE HENRIADE
THE MAID OF ORLEANS
THE LISBON EARTHQUAKE AND OTHER POEMS

The Philosophical Works
LETTERS ON ENGLAND
PHILOSOPHICAL LETTERS
A PHILOSOPHICAL DICTIONARY
TOLERATION AND OTHER ESSAYS
AN ESSAY ON CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS

The Historical Works
AGE OF LOUIS XIV
THE HISTORY OF PETER THE GREAT, EMPEROR OF RUSSIA
HISTORY OF CHARLES XII

The Criticism
VOLTAIRE by John Cowper Powys
VOLTAIRE’S TRAGEDIES by Lytton Strachey
VOLTAIRE AND FREDERICK THE GREAT by Lytton Strachey
INGERSOLL’S LECTURE ON VOLTAIRE by Robert Green Ingersoll
VOLTAIRE AND KING STANISLAS by Henry W. Wolff
VOLTAIRE IN THE NETHERLANDS by C. A. Van Sypesteyn

The Biographies
VOLTAIRE by John Morley
VOLTAIRE: A SKETCH OF HIS LIFE AND WORKS by G. W. Foote and J. M. Wheeler
VOLTAIRE: BRIEF BIOGRAPHY by George Saintsbury

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