Diderot: A Critical Biography

Diderot A Critical Biography One of the most dazzling and attractive figures of the French Enlightenment Denis Diderot was an incomparable dramatist novelist and speculative philosopher the founder of modern art criti

  • Title: Diderot: A Critical Biography
  • Author: P.N. Furbank
  • ISBN: 9780679414216
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of the most dazzling and attractive figures of the French Enlightenment, Denis Diderot 1713 84 was an incomparable dramatist, novelist, and speculative philosopher, the founder of modern art criticism, and a tireless correspondent whose writing still speaks to readers today Furbank gives a probing yet sympathetic account of Diderot s life and a brilliant analysis ofOne of the most dazzling and attractive figures of the French Enlightenment, Denis Diderot 1713 84 was an incomparable dramatist, novelist, and speculative philosopher, the founder of modern art criticism, and a tireless correspondent whose writing still speaks to readers today Furbank gives a probing yet sympathetic account of Diderot s life and a brilliant analysis of his work Photographs.

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    1. P.N. Furbank

      Philip Nicholas Furbank FRSL was an English writer, scholar and critic, and a professor later emeritus of the Open University Born in Surrey, he earned a First in English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge After service in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during World War II, he accepted a position at Emmanuel, where he taught until he left in 1953 due to a stammer that hampered his lecturing and tutorials.

    989 thoughts on “Diderot: A Critical Biography”

    1. Jorge Luis Borges said books about books can be far more fun to write and read than books that are simply stories. I've always thought he was on to something there, though the non-post-modernist tale still holds great fascination for me. He also once advised writers to write novels about imaginary, nonexistent books, which Zachary Mason, to cite one sterling example, did so well in The Lost Books of the Odyssey. Diderot is a wonderful book about 18th century books and their authors, most if whic [...]


    2. Furbank seems to have discovered what he wanted to say about Diderot quite near the end of the book. Up to that point I thought that the author had merely typed out note cards that he had sequenced as one would sequence information in a biography - in roughly chronological order. Near the end I could discern Furbank's take on Diderot. So it seems that the book actually documents Furbank's process of learning and discovery of what he wished to say about his subject - acceptable, I suppose, in a f [...]


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