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Mason, Haydn Trevor

Overview
Works: 644 works in 1,403 publications in 6 languages and 11,468 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Satirical literature  Satire  Biographies  Novels  History  Humor  Picaresque fiction  Romances 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Honoree, Annotator, Creator, Contributor, Publishing director
Classifications: PQ2082.C3, 843.5
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Most widely held works by Haydn Trevor Mason
Voltaire : a biography by Haydn Mason( Book )

29 editions published between 1975 and 1985 in 4 languages and held by 1,959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Candide : optimism demolished by Haydn Mason( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Candide came into being largely because of Voltaire's great dissatisfaction with the explanation for the problem of evil and human suffering provided by the philosophers of his day. Published in 1759 when Voltaire was 65, Candide was a direct attack on the school of optimism championed by German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz and English poet Alexander Pope and popularized in the adventure and romance novels of the period. Optimism, Voltaire's young hero, Candide, asserts, is "the mania for asserting that all is well when one is not." The danger of optimism, Voltaire believed, lies in its essentially passive response to life. If God has given human beings "the best of all possible worlds," as Leibniz claimed, and if everything that happens is somehow for the best, then to what point is human choice and action?
French writers and their society, 1715-1800 by Haydn Trevor Mason( Book )

12 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pierre Bayle and Voltaire by Haydn Trevor Mason( Book )

20 editions published between 1960 and 1963 in English and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete works of Voltaire by Voltaire( Book )

in French and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Darnton debate : books and revolution in the eighteenth century by GB) Voltaire Foundation (Oxford( Book )

23 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The impact of the French Revolution on European consciousness by Haydn Mason( Book )

10 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zadig and other stories by Voltaire( Book )

9 editions published between 1971 and 1974 in 3 languages and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the title tale of this original collection, Voltaire addresses the social and political problems of his own day in an ancient Babylonian setting. Zadig challenges eighteenth-century religious orthodoxy by portraying life's vicissitudes as the product of destiny rather than individual choices. Additional selections of the Enlightenment philosopher's short fiction include "Micromegas," "Jeannot and Colin," "The Story of a Good Brahman," "Memnon, the Philosopher," and "The World Is Like That, or the Vision of Babouc""--
Pour encourager les autres : studies for the tercentenary of Voltaire's birth, 1694-1994 by Haydn Trevor Mason( Book )

14 editions published in 1994 in French and English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The secular city : studies in the Enlightenment : presented to Haydn Mason( Book )

7 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The City is for the Enlightenment a central preoccupation, that social space where both the utopian and the pragmatic concerns of the eighteenth century come together in a typical tension. Unlike St Augustine's Civitas Dei, this is to be a city of men and women, planning their social geometry, interacting commercially, elaborating, as far as possible, human and secular principles of justice. This collection of specially commissioned essays, all by distinguished eighteenth-century specialists, charts the process from a variety of angles
Voltaire's Micromégas : a study in the fusion of science, myth, and art by Voltaire( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Somewhere between tales and polemics, these funny, ribald, and inventive pieces show Voltaire doing what he does best: brilliantly challenging received wisdom, religious intolerance, and naïve optimism. Traveling through strange environments, Voltaire's protagonists are educated, often by surprise, into the complexities and contradictions of their world. Arriving on Earth from the star Sirius, the gigantic explorer Micromégas discovers a diminutive people with an inflated idea of their own importance in the universe. Babouc in "The World as It Is" learns that humanity is equally capable of barbarism and remarkable altruism. Other characters include a little-known god of infidelity, a pretentious graduate who invites a savage to dinner, and an Indian fakir who puts up with a bed of nails to gain the adoration of his female disciples. These "fables of reason" challenge the assumptions of reader and protagonist alike
Cyrano de Bergerac, L'autre monde by Haydn Trevor Mason( Book )

6 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century by Theodore Besterman( Book )

78 editions published between 1977 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides concordance between the text numbers in Voltaire's Correspondence published 1953-1964 and the numbers in the Correspondence and related documents in the Complete works of Voltaire published 1968-1977
Les fausses confidences by Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux( Book )

17 editions published between 1963 and 1973 in French and English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dorante, who is poor, gets a job as a steward with his adored Araminte. On his behalf, Dubois, his former servant, wages psychological warfare. All good fun; the pain comes in with Marton, Araminte's paid companion, who is led to believe Dorante loves her and who then finds out her mistake."-Publisher's website
Candide, or, Optimism : a new translation, backgrounds, criticism by Voltaire( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in French and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The absurd satire in which Candide's teacher and his philosophy of all being right with the world are refuted
Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century( Book )

6 editions published between 1979 and 1993 in French and English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century( Book )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century by Haydn Trevor Mason( Book )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century( Book )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century, 260( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The secular city : studies in the Enlightenment : presented to Haydn MasonVoltaire's Micromégas : a study in the fusion of science, myth, and artCandide, or, Optimism : a new translation, backgrounds, criticism
Alternative Names
Mason, H.T.

Mason, H. T. 1929-

Mason, H. T. (Haydn Trevor)

Mason Haydn

Mason, Haydn 1929-

Mason, Haydn T.

Mason, Haydn T. 1929-

Mason, Haydn Trevor.

Mason, Haydn Trevor 1929-

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