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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

Adolescent/Adult

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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 004350Jacques le fataliste - Book & CD1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£3.30 

French > Classics/Modern Classics

Adolescent/Adult

 311247Encyclopedie 1 Diderot D'Alembert1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£7.25 
 359252Entretien d'un philosophe avec Madame la Maréchale de ***1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£4.55 
 005352Entretiens sur le fils naturel/Paradoxe sur le comédien1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£6.35 
 285878Le rêve d'Alembert1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£7.95 
 306037Lettres sur les aveugles ; Lettres sur les sourds et les muets1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£9.20 
 358493Paradoxe sur le comédien1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£7.20 
 332418Pensées philosophiques/Addition aux pensées philosophiques2 Star Rating2 Star Rating2 Star Rating2 Star Rating2 Star Rating£9.80 
 246015Supplément au voyage de Bougainville1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£2.15 
 004005Contes et entretiens1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£7.70 
 335961De la poésie dramatique1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£4.40 
 319328Encyclopedie 2 Diderot D'Alembert1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£7.30 
 316157Entretiens sur le fils naturel de la poésie dramatique1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£10.50 
 340374Jacques le fataliste1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£4.65 
 005952Jacques le fataliste1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£6.85 
 124153Jacques le Fataliste1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£5.75 
 005269Jacques le Fataliste et son maître3 Star Rating3 Star Rating3 Star Rating3 Star Rating3 Star Rating£5.35 
 313661Jacques le fataliste et son maître1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£6.80 
 006430Jacques le fataliste et son maître1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£6.30 
 005353La religieuse3 Star Rating3 Star Rating3 Star Rating3 Star Rating3 Star Rating£5.95 
 009654La religieuse1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£6.85 
 006057La religieuse1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£5.40 
 316156Le fils naturel le père de famille est-il bon? est-il méchant?1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£10.75 
 330806Le neveu de Rameau4 Star Rating4 Star Rating4 Star Rating4 Star Rating4 Star Rating£6.15 
 319719Le neveu de Rameau1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£4.60 
 005268Le neveu de Rameau1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£5.90 
 123194Le neveu de Rameau,Satire première et autres textes1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£7.50 
 006171Le neveu de Rameau/Le rêve de d'Alembert/Supplément au voyage1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£9.70 
 346090Le rêve de d'Alembert1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£6.95 
 365292Les bijoux indiscrets1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£7.25 
 281832Les deux amis de Bourbonne et autres contes1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£5.65 
 305525Lettre sur les aveugles à l'usage de ceux qui voient1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£2.50 
 106452Madame de la Pommeraye/Madame de la Carlière2 Star Rating2 Star Rating2 Star Rating2 Star Rating2 Star Rating£3.65 
 309016Regrets sur ma vieille robe de chambre1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£2.10 
 005620Salons3 Star Rating3 Star Rating3 Star Rating3 Star Rating3 Star Rating£11.75 
 340242Supplément au voyage de Bougainville1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£2.15 
 291920Supplément au voyage de Bougainville1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£3.95 
 285907Supplément au voyage de Bougainville1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£2.35 
 004003supplément au voyage de Bougainville et autres textes3 Star Rating3 Star Rating3 Star Rating3 Star Rating3 Star Rating£3.20 
 077885Sur les femmes2 Star Rating2 Star Rating2 Star Rating2 Star Rating2 Star Rating£2.50 
 334228Trois contes philosophiques1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating1 Star Rating£4.10 

French > Drama

Adolescent/Adult

 079315Est-il bon ? Est-il méchant ?2 Star Rating2 Star Rating2 Star Rating2 Star Rating2 Star Rating£7.60 

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