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Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot

 Denis Diderot

Denis Diderot was born at Langres in eastern France in 1713, the son of a master cutler. He was originally destined for the Church but rebelled and persuaded his father to allow him to complete his education in Paris, where he graduated in 1732. For ten years Diderot was nominally a law student, but actually led a precarious bohemian but studious existence, eked out with tutoring, hack-writing and translating. His original writing began in 1746 with a number of scientific works setting out the materialist philosophy which he was to hold throughout his life.

Along with his editorship of the Encyclopédie (1747-73), he wrote works on mathematics, medicine, the life sciences, economics, drama and painting, two plays and a novel, as well as his Salons (1759-81). His political writings were mainly composed around 1774 for Catherine II, at whose invitation he went to St. Petersburg.

Diderot's astonishingly wide range of interests, together with his growing predilection for dialogue, led to the production of his most famous works: D'Alembert's Dream, The Paradox of the Actor, Jacques the Fatalist and Rameau's Nephew. During the latter part of his life Diderot received a generous pension from Catherine II, in return for which he bequeathed her his library and manuscripts. He died in 1784.

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French : Graded Readers

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La Spiga Readers - Lectures sans frontières (B1 - B2)

A selection of texts taken chosen from the classics of French literature. The texts are abridged and simplified but retain the style of the original genre allowing the reader to appreciate the languag...

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004350 Jacques le fataliste - Book & CD £3.95  

French : Classics/Modern Classics

311247 Encyclopedie 1 Diderot D'Alembert £7.25  
005352 Entretiens sur le fils naturel/Paradoxe sur le comédien £5.95  
285878 Le rêve d'Alembert £8.60  
306037 Lettres sur les aveugles ; Lettres sur les sourds et les muets £9.80  
358493 Paradoxe sur le comédien £7.20  
332418 Pensées philosophiques/Addition aux pensées philosophiques £9.55  
246015 Supplément au voyage de Bougainville £2.30  
004005 Contes et entretiens £7.15  
319328 Encyclopedie 2 Diderot D'Alembert £7.15  
316157 Entretiens sur le fils naturel de la poésie dramatique £9.80  
340374 Jacques le fataliste £4.25  
005952 Jacques le fataliste £7.10  
124153 Jacques le Fataliste £5.60  
313661 Jacques le fataliste et son maître £6.85  
006430 Jacques le fataliste et son maître £6.15  
005269 Jacques le Fataliste et son maître £5.35  
006057 La religieuse £5.00  
009654 La religieuse £6.95  
005353 La religieuse £6.00  
316156 Le fils naturel le père de famille est-il bon? est-il méchant? £10.50  
005268 Le neveu de Rameau £6.25  
330806 Le neveu de Rameau £5.90  
123194 Le neveu de Rameau,Satire première et autres textes £6.55  
006171 Le neveu de Rameau/Le rêve de d'Alembert/Supplément au voyage £10.75  
346090 Le rêve de d'Alembert £7.00  
365292 Les bijoux indiscrets £7.15  
281832 Les deux amis de Bourbonne et autres contes £7.00  
106452 Madame de la Pommeraye/Madame de la Carlière £3.50  
309016 Regrets sur ma vieille robe de chambre £2.00  
005620 Salons £10.95  
006013 Supplément au voyage de Bougainville £2.70  
291920 Supplément au voyage de Bougainville £4.40  
340242 Supplément au voyage de Bougainville £1.95  
004003 supplément au voyage de Bougainville et autres textes £3.35  
334228 Trois contes philosophiques £4.45  

French : Drama

079315 Est-il bon ? Est-il méchant ? £7.70  

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