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This dazzling biography of Voltaire celebrates his extraordinary life through the thousands of his letters to have survived.
Ian Davidson has done him full justice in this rich biography. He hides nothing of his hero's frailties and faults, but his greatness shines all the more brightly
One of the many great merits of this book is that it firmly puts the emphasis on Voltaire as a man. There is no shortage of biographies of Voltaire ... but this is one of the best of them. Full of the revealing detail that French biographers tend to regard as vulgar gossip.
Davidson is a fastidious debunker of myths and restorer of balance. He tells his story from beginning to end, one year after the next, with an elegant lucidity, and you learn all you need to know about Voltaire's finances, his domestic arrangements and his social life in readable and intelligent form
Written in the crisp, incisive prose of a practised journalist... research is impressive too. He read all those letters before he began and quotes from them extensively in this refreshing book which isn't afraid, occasionally, to draw its own conclusions against the grain of what has been written before
Written in crisp, incisive prose... his research is impressive
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