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Traditionally placed among the mondains, with Mme de Sévigné and La Rochefoucauld, or among the precursors of the Enlightenment with Bayle and Fontenelle, Saint Evremond has come to occupy a distinctive place of his own since modern editions of his prose and plays have made his work more accessible. He brought a deceptively casual style, an independent and often original mind, and a fine sense of the ridiculous to his conversations, dissertations, and jugements on the difficult pursuit of wisdom and pleasure, on the self-contradictions, paradoxes, and occasionnal absurdities of human behavior, and on topics that he was among the first to consider. But he was more interested in living than in writing. He wrote, not for publication, but for the pleasure of his friends, and to share with them the joy of ridiculing the ideas or the people he close as his targets. Saint-Evremond and His Friends tells the story of his life from the Jesuit schooling to his death in 1703, when he resolutely refused the consolations of religion. It is the first comprehensive study of his life and works.

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Saint-Evremond and His Friends

Saint-Evremond and His Friends

Traditionally placed among the mondains, with Mme de Sévigné and La Rochefoucauld, or among the precursors of the Enlightenment with Bayle and Fontenelle, Saint Evremond has come to occupy a distinctive place of his own since...

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Title Saint-Evremond and His Friends
Edition First Edition
Volume 13
By (author) Quentin M. HOPE
ISSN 1420-7699
Issue 40
Language Anglais
Publisher Librairie Droz
Title First Published 01/1/1999
 
Format Hardback
ISBN-13 978-2-600-00345-2
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9782600003452
Reference no. 40-13
Publication Date 01/1/1999
Nb of pages 496
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