Written in the tongue in cheek manner for which he was famous, Monsieur de Voltaire s memoirs reveal a new perspective on the international politics and history of the 18th century Voltaire s role as acclaimed author, poet, dramatist, and philosopher led him to experience the personal attentions of
A foundling of mysterious parentage brought up by Mr Allworthy on his country estate, Tom Jones is deeply in love with the seemingly unattainable Sophia Western, the beautiful daughter of the neighboring squire though he sometimes succumbs to the charms of the local girls When Tom is banished to m
In his Confessions Jean Jacques Rousseau tells the story of his life, from the formative experience of his humble childhood in Geneva, through the achievement of international fame as novelist and philosopher in Paris, to his wanderings as an exile, persecuted by governments and alienated from the w
If humans are benevolent by nature, how do societies become corrupt And how do governments founded upon the defense of individual rights degenerate into tyranny These are the questions addressed by Jean Jacques Rousseau s Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, a strikingly original inquiry into mu
Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains These are the famous opening words of a treatise that has not ceased to stir vigorous debate since its first publication in 1762 Rejecting the view that anyone has a natural right to wield authority over others, Rousseau argues instead for a pact,
A Treatise of Human Nature 1739 40 , David Hume s comprehensive attempt to base philosophy on a new, observationally grounded study of human nature, is one of the most important texts in Western philosophy It is also the focal point of current attempts to understand 18th century philosophy The Tr
Hume s brilliant and dispassionate essay Of Miracles has been added in this expanded edition of his Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, which also includes Of the Immortality of the Soul , Of Suicide , and Richard Popkin s illuminating Introduction.
The Fortunes Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders aka Moll Flanders is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published in 1722 It purports to be the true account of the life of the eponymous Moll, detailing her exploits from birth until old age By 1721, Defoe had become a recognised novelist, with
Candide is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in the best of all possible worlds On the surface a witty, bantering tale, this eighteenth century classic is actually a savage, satiric thrust at the p
Pressured by her unscrupulous family to marry a wealthy man she detests, the young Clarissa Harlowe is tricked into fleeing with the witty and debonair Robert Lovelace and places herself under his protection Lovelace, however, proves himself to be an untrustworthy rake whose vague promises of marri
I felt something alive moving on my left leg when bending my Eyes downwards as much as I could I perceived it to be a human Creature not six inches high Shipwrecked and cast adrift, Lemuel Gulliver wakes to find himself on Lilliput, an island inhabited by little people, whose height makes th
Daniel Defoe relates the tale of an English sailor marooned on a desert island for nearly three decades An ordinary man struggling to survive in extraordinary circumstances, Robinson Crusoe wrestles with fate and the nature of God This edition features maps.
Poet, lexicographer, critic, moralist and Great Cham, Dr Johnson had in his friend Boswell the ideal biographer Notoriously and self confessedly intemperate, Boswell shared with Johnson a huge appetite for life and threw equal energy into recording its every aspect in minute but telling detail Th