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  • Title: Letters on England
  • Author: Voltaire Leonard Tancock
  • ISBN: 9780140443868
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback

  • After his three year exile to England 1726 9 following imprisonment in the Bastille for his satirical writings, Voltaire wrote a series of letters offering the French public a panoramic view of English culture He was full of enthusiasm and freedom as opposed to the tyrannical feudal society of his homeland Letters on England discusses English religious sects, politicAfter his three year exile to England 1726 9 following imprisonment in the Bastille for his satirical writings, Voltaire wrote a series of letters offering the French public a panoramic view of English culture He was full of enthusiasm and freedom as opposed to the tyrannical feudal society of his homeland Letters on England discusses English religious sects, politics, scientists and writers with great admiration, yet the clever Voltaire also flattered his French readers with humorous references to the old fashioned clothes and speech of the Quakers and to antics in the House of Commons At first banned in France, this intriguing and often comic account of a culture viewed through foreign eyes was to prove highly influential in shaping French attitudes to England.Leonard Tancock s translation brilliantly captures Voltaire s ironic tone, and is accompanied by an introduction discussing his depiction of England and the events that led to his exile This edition also includes notes, new further reading and chronology, and an appendix on Voltaire s verse translation of English works.
    Voltaire Leonard Tancock
    Complete works 1880 archive details oeuvrescoIn 1694, Age of Enlightenment leader Francois Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire, was born in Paris Jesuit educated, he began writing clever verses by the age of 12 He launched a lifelong, successful playwriting career in 1718, interrupted by imprisonment in the Bastille Upon a second imprisonment, in which Francois adopted the pen name Voltaire, he was released after agreeing to move to London There he wrote Lettres philosophiques 1733 , which galvanized French reform The book also satirized the religious teachings of Rene Descartes and Blaise Pascal, including Pascal s famed wager on God Voltaire wrote The interest I have in believing a thing is not a proof of the existence of that thing Voltaire s French publisher was sent to the Bastille and Voltaire had to escape from Paris again, as judges sentenced the book to be torn and burned in the Palace Voltaire spent a calm 16 years with his deistic mistress, Madame du Chatelet, in Lorraine He met the 27 year old married mother when he was 39 In his memoirs, he wrote I found, in 1733, a young woman who thought as I did, and decided to spend several years in the country, cultivating her mind He dedicated Traite de metaphysique to her In it the Deist candidly rejected immortality and questioned belief in God It was not published until the 1780s Voltaire continued writing amusing but meaty philosophical plays and histories After the earthquake that leveled Lisbon in 1755, in which 15,000 people perished and another 15,000 were wounded, Voltaire wrote Po me sur le d sastre de Lisbonne Poem on the Lisbon Disaster But how conceive a God supremely good Who heaps his favours on the sons he loves, Yet scatters evil with as large a hand Voltaire purchased a chateau in Geneva, where, among other works, he wrote Candide 1759 To avoid Calvinist persecution, Voltaire moved across the border to Ferney, where the wealthy writer lived for 18 years until his death Voltaire began to openly challenge Christianity, calling it the infamous thing He wrote Frederick the Great Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd, and bloody religion that has ever infected the world Voltaire ended every letter to friends with Ecrasez l infame crush the infamy the Christian religion His pamphlet, The Sermon on the Fifty 1762 went after transubstantiation, miracles, biblical contradictions, the Jewish religion, and the Christian God Voltaire wrote that a true god surely cannot have been born of a girl, nor died on the gibbet, nor be eaten in a piece of dough, or inspired books, filled with contradictions, madness, and horror He also published excerpts of Testament of the Abbe Meslier, by an atheist priest, in Holland, which advanced the Enlightenment Voltaire s Philosophical Dictionary was published in 1764 without his name Although the first edition immediately sold out, Geneva officials, followed by Dutch and Parisian, had the books burned It was published in 1769 as two large volumes Voltaire campaigned fiercely against civil atrocities in the name of religion, writing pamphlets and commentaries about the barbaric execution of a Huguenot trader, who was first broken at the wheel, then burned at the stake, in 1762 Voltaire s campaign for justice and restitution ended with a posthumous retrial in 1765, during which 40 Parisian judges declared the defendant innocent Voltaire urgently tried to save the life of Chevalier de la Barre, a 19 year old sentenced to death for blasphemy for failing to remove his hat during a religious procession In 1766, Chevalier was beheaded after being tortured, then his body was burned, along with a copy of Voltaire s Philosophical Dictionary Voltaire s statue at the Pantheon was melted down during Nazi occupation D 1778.Voltaire 1694 1778 , pseud nimo de Fran ois


    The letters had as French title: Lettres Philosophiques (“Philosophical letters” ). These are a collection of letters regarding England in its many facets (religious, political, scientific and cultural); a 18th century Britain, Voltaire had been in for some time (1726-1729). At least seven of the letters are dedicated to the religious issues; they touch on the diversity witnessed by the French philosopher; he would call it “a nation of sectarists”.The very first letters are a sort of ana [...]

    IntroductionLetters on England--Letter 1: On the Quakers--Letter 2: On the Quakers--Letter 3: On the Quakers--Letter 4: On the Quakers--Letter 5: On the Anglican Religion--Letter 6: On the Presbyterians--Letter 7: On the Socinians, Arians or Anti-Trinitarians--Letter 8: On Parliament--Letter 9: On the Government--Letter 10: On Commerce--Letter 11: On Inoculation with Smallpox--Letter 12: On Chancellor Bacon--Letter 13: On Mr Locke--Letter 14: On Descartes and Newton--Letter 15: On the System of [...]

    Since I ran out of space in my review of this book ["Letters on England"], I take the chance of this French edition’s space to continue my correspondence with my “friend” of old: Voltaire. There are pending issues to talk about. Anyone trying to have a glimpse of the ongoing correspondence and the review of the book should look up here: /book/show/7Now, the pressing matters. Sir Voltaire,I’ve been worried about this kind of postponing of the Brexit “for-real” ; the referendum is gone [...]

    Les lettres philosophiques de Voltaire sont en fait une série de petits articles concernant divers aspects de la culture anglaise. Des arts à la politique, et de la politique aux savants, l'auteur nous offre ici le portrait d'une nation dont les penseurs peuvent s’enorgueillir de leur liberté. La population n'y est pourtant pas sans se soumettre à différentes percées théologiques et Voltaire s'arrête un peu à ce sujet, offrant un avant goût de quelques sectes protestantes comme celle [...]

    Voltaire employs his usual blend of wit, satire, and humor to both elevate the liberal institutions of England over the still feudal Ancient Regime of France while also gently mocking the English in turn. He candidly discusses:Religion: he is strongly in favor of religious tolerance, very strong (comparatively, at least) in England compared to France, but pokes gentle fun at odd English sects like the Quakers.Government: in which he deplores the aristocracy of France compared to the meritocracy [...]

    Ahmad Badghaish
    أعتقد بأنه لا يمكن فهم الكتاب دون الظروف التي ظهر فيها، في البداية كان المؤلف الفرنسي قد زُج في السجن لبعض المشكلات مع أحد النبلاء، وكانت هذه ثاني مرة يعتقل فيها. فبعد خروجه من السجن هرب إلى إنجلترا، وأعجب بها، فكتب هذا الكتاب الذي يقارن بين فرنسا وإنجلترا. واعتقل الكاتب بسبب [...]

    Malak Al-juborry
    التجربة الاولى لي مع فولتير وها نحن نبدا ب ال (الفلسفة )

    Huda Qasem
    يحتوي الكتاب على 25 رسالة فلسفية، تتضمن الرسائل آراء فولتير بين الشعبين الإنكليزي والفرنسي. تميز فولتير في كتابه بكونه ساخر جداً وجاد جداً في آن واحد من قراءاتي لبعض التعليقات والمواضيع عن فولتير، فإنه يوصف دائما بأنه ملحد! ولكنني وجدت من خلال هذا الكتاب بأن فولتير يؤمن بوجو [...]

    Note: this is a public domain edition which does not include Letter XXV which was added to later editions.A series of letters written by Voltaire on English religion, politics, science and arts. As usual, I found Voltaire's discussions on the English religious sects and English politics to be the most entertaining. The remaining letters, on science and the arts, were less resonant to modern ears.

    Mohammad Ali
    ولتر در این نامه ها به نقد وضع فرانسه با نظر به حال و هوای انگلستان می پردازد. البته این بدان معنا نیست که این نامه ها صرفا منحصر به مقایسه ی فرانسه و انگلستان هستند - مثال بارز نامه ی طولانی آخر است که در آن ولتر فقراتی از "اندیشه ها"ی پاسکال را نقل و به آنها حمله می کند. همچنین نب [...]

    Translated, with a rambling introduction and rather sporadic annotation, by one Leonard Tancock. It is a series of epistles to no one in particular, comparing the relatively tolerant and free atmosphere of England of the time (1734), as well as its great men of letters and science (Newton and Locke) to that of France, for the benefit of the French public. The book was banned in France. At the same time, Voltaire satirizes certain foibles of the English nobility, the Quakers, English poetry, etc, [...]

    (I read this for university as part of a module entitled "The Invention of France").Thoughts:1. It was nice to learn about the French Enlightenment period whilst reading/studying this. I didn't know a lot about it and it's opened my eyes to new ideas to consider when reading 18th century French literature.2. The ways Voltaire wrote letters about his experiences in England as a way of criticising his contemporary French society was a fascinating concept. The cultural comparisons throughout were d [...]

    Part of my informal reading list for the eighteenth century, this is V's love-letter to the English enlightenment. Very interesting for what he has to say about the Quakers, and for a point-by-point demolition of Pascal's Pensees, championing rational enquiry. My head's with Voltaire, but surprisingly my sympathies on this one are with poor, tortured Pascal and his absurd faith in Christianity. But then I didn't like Candide either, so V must be one of those authors who has my admiration but not [...]

    After studying this text fully, I feel I need to change my rather lacklustre previous review. It is not so much the content of the book that matters (though it is very interesting) but the way that Voltaire writes and what his goal is that matter. In these two areas he excels. His caustic wit and his desire to spread knowledge without necessarily adding to it makes make this an enjoyable read which is at the same time fascinating: there is no doubt a sense of being privy to the prevailing feelin [...]

    Bahjat Fadhil
    بعد ان سجن فولتير في الباستيل لأكثر من مرةبسبب كتاباتة الساخرة ضد الكنيسة الفاسدة والسلطة،هرب الى انكَلترا وهاهو يعود للكتابة وللسخرية ثانية، في هذا الكتاب، ويروي فية حياة الاضطهاد والمعاناة، وتم اصدار امر بمنع الكتاب وكذالك حرق جميع النسخ القديمة، لكن تم نشرة سرآ بين الب [...]

    Salah Sameh
    C`est bien, M. Voltaire.Une nouvelle vision, je suppose, de Newton.Il admire L`Angleterre et ses écrivains, poetes mais avec limites.Il a détruit M.Pascal avec ses ``Pensées``.Cependant, J`aime plutot les idées de Voltaire sur La Littérature, la Philo, et l`Histoire plutot que sur La Science.

    Voltaire extolls the virtues of England while at the same time poking England in the eye with a sharp stick for holding on to some fairly unreasonable public positions.A must read for anyone interested in understanding modern western civilization.

    Ahmed Elsherbiny
    كل ما تود أن تعرفه عن التنوير.

    Francisco Quiroga vergara
    The letters about Newton are beyond fabulous; beautiful and precise descriptions of groundbreaking results. The letters on religion and society were very informative. The letters on art were hard for me to read, because I did not know many authors.I would recommend the book to everyone who has lived in the UK (especially in London). Voltaire delivers interesting (and fun) facts and analyses about the XVII and XVIII history of the UK, including comparisons (and criticisms) with France. Surprising [...]

    Tyler Jones
    It was a much younger Voltaire who wrote this book than the one who wrote Candide, and he apparently was much more of a prude in his youth because here he's always showing his disapproval of anything vulgar. It is astounding that an author who would one day write scenes such as pirates probing the anal canals of their prisoners in search of hidden diamonds, would have found guys like Shakespeare and Rabelais too crude. Anyway, as a window into mid-eighteenth century England, it gives a few inter [...]

    Arno Mosikyan
    boring"The superstitious are the same in society as cowards in an army; they themselves are seized with a panic fear, and communicate it to others. The thinking part of mankind is confined to a very small number, and these will never disturb the peace and tranquillity of the world."

    Jennifer Uttley-Rosado
    Sects, parliament, philo, dramaUnsure of the bard, overrates pope. Otherwise as sage and lively in his opinions as one could want An honnete homme.

    Revanth Ukkalam
    A brilliant way to start a new year. A gem of a book from the man of words.

    Ryan Young
    voltaire yaps about english science, philosophy, drama, poetry, and government. then he takes down some of pascal's more ridiculous pensees.


    In Letters Concerning the English Nation (1733), Voltaire describes various phenomena and persons of which he was spectator during his two year visit (from 1726-1728). Voltaire fled France because of a bitter fight with some nobleman called Rohan, and during his two years-stay in England learned the English language and came into contact with a wide variety of Englishmen.It is during this stay that he thought of writing a book on England, for Englishmen. A common misunderstanding is that he wrot [...]

    I found Candide amusing, smart and playful. It excelled in what it was naturally brilliant at, throughout the book from start to finish. And as far as comedies go, which for me, is something exceedingly hard to produce well enough to make me chuckle in spoken word let alone on a page, its fine and dandy. It gave more of an appreciation and connection to the author than the characters roaring from the confines of the ink. After finishing the novel, which is too small for something with so much po [...]

    Francisco Paniagua
    Este Voltaire oscila entre el corresponsal que confronta políticamente a la Inglaterra liberal con la Francia prerrevolucionaria del s. XVII, y entre el crítico literario de los escritores ingleses de la época —por cierto, Shakespeare no sale muy bien parado ante el gusto del francés–; sin embargo, esto no es lo único que se lee en el volumen y asistimos a una caterva de impresiones, de muy diversas índoles y que a ratos puede parecer inagotable, a lo largo de 25 cartas que acercan a l [...]

    Renae Pérez
    Ehhhhhhh. Some of the letters were really interesting, but then others were not. Like I found the religion/government/society stuff interesting, but discussing Newton’s theories is super not interesting to me. I don’t do science. At all. But, even so, I thought Voltaire offered interesting insight on the whole England vs. France situation. And then the whole Pascal thing was actually rather amusing because Voltaire decided to let his snark out and it was really really super snarky. I guess t [...]

    Voltaire's Letters concerning the English nation make for a fascinating look at the French author's experience of early 18th century England, which involved everything from learned ladies and small-pox inoculation methods to Quakerism and religious pluralism. One particularly interesting aspect of the Letters is the way he writes about Enlightenment thinkers John Locke and Sir Isaac Newton, with him situating himself as an heir to their philosophical and scientific achievements.This is a book fo [...]

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