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Mason, Haydn Trevor

Overview
Works: 633 works in 1,319 publications in 6 languages and 11,669 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Satirical literature  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Biographies  Novels  History  Satire  Records and correspondence  Utopian fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Author of introduction, Other, Creator, Annotator, Translator, Publishing director
Classifications: PQ2082.C3, 843.5
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Haydn Trevor Mason
Voltaire : a biography by Haydn Trevor Mason( Book )

28 editions published between 1975 and 1985 in 4 languages and held by 1,932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Candide : optimism demolished by Haydn Trevor Mason( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 959 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?
The Leibniz-Arnauld correspondence by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz( Book )

25 editions published between 1967 and 1985 in 3 languages and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pierre Bayle and Voltaire by Haydn Trevor Mason( Book )

18 editions published between 1960 and 1963 in English and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete works of Voltaire by Voltaire( Book )

in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

22 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and French and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

9 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zadig and other stories by Voltaire( Book )

9 editions published between 1971 and 1974 in 3 languages and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pour encourager les autres : studies for the tercentenary of Voltaire's birth, 1694-1994 by Haydn Trevor Mason( Book )

12 editions published in 1994 in French and English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 200 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 194 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 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les fausses confidences by Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux( Book )

16 editions published between 1963 and 1973 in French and English and held by 90 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 )

4 editions published in 1995 in French and held by 89 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 )

5 editions published between 1979 and 1991 in English and Multiple languages and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century( Book )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century( Book )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century( Book )

16 editions published between 1977 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century: 238 by Catherine Volpilhac-Auger( Book )

5 editions published in 1985 in 3 languages and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Candide : optimism demolished
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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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