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Mason, Haydn Trevor

Overview
Works: 673 works in 1,445 publications in 6 languages and 11,624 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Satirical literature  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Satire  Biographies  Humor  Novels  History  Black humor  Picaresque literature 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Honoree, Creator, Annotator, 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 Trevor Mason( Book )

38 editions published between 1975 and 1988 in 4 languages and held by 1,991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Candide : optimism demolished by Haydn Trevor Mason( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 902 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 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pierre Bayle and Voltaire by Haydn Trevor MASON( Book )

21 editions published between 1960 and 1963 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete works of Voltaire by Voltaire( Book )

in French and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Darnton debate : books and revolution in the eighteenth century by Haydn Mason( Book )

24 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ever since Professor Robert Darnton aroused the interest of all Enlightenment scholars with the publication of 'The High Enlightenment and the low-life literature in pre-revolutionary France' in 1971, he has been in the forefront of debate about that period and the French Revolution which followed it. His work has long been an indispensable study for all those who ponder on the nature and evolution of these great movements. By the mid 1990s, however, it was apparent that Darnton's far-reaching conclusions on the relationship of the Enlightenment to the Revolution, together with his historical accounts of printed works and the mentalités of the eighteenth century, merited a comprehensive debate on his whole œuvre. The present collection sparks off that debate. The contributors to this volume were invited freely to address any particular aspect of Robert Darnton's researches or to discuss the whole trust of his thinking about the past. Darnton readily agreed to this proposal, encouraging the editor to send invitations to long-standing critics just as much as to more sympathetic readers.The essays collected here respond to the original request, in diverse ways. Taking up a whole spectrum of positions about Darnton's work, they attempt an answer based on deep reflection or assiduous source-research or both.In a coda to the volume Robert Darnton responds robustly to the various readings of his work. In places he seeks to rescue it from what he considers to be false interpretations and to set the record straight. But his essay is not just a rebuttal. It moves the debate on, bringing new insights and information not previously published. His conclusion are as flexible open-ended as one could wish, and in line with which they have been richly plumbed in his writings.The threads running through the various essays are drawn together by a comprehensive index of eighteenth-century persons and writings. 'Darnton at his best [...] adds new and often vivid evidence to support arguments he has advanced before. The book isno Festschrift...; a commentary on the impact on his chosen field of an original mind and a distinguished stylist.'Times Literary Supplement 'This excellently conceived volume reflects the centrality of Darnton's achievement to the historical orientation of eighteenth-century scholarship in the second half of the twentieth century by bringing together the views of twelve distinguished specialists. The collection concludes with a reaction to the debate by Darnton himself. Not all the contributors are pro-Darnton enthusiasts, and the volume is far more than just a tribute to the work of a great scholar. It offers thoughtful reflections on, and a vigorous critical engagement with, the way Darnton addresses the past.'Modern Language Review
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 279 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 249 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 217 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 199 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 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century by Frédéric( Book )

64 editions published between 1977 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 114 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 95 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 )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and French and held by 51 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 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century( Book )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century( Book )

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

 
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The complete works of Voltaire
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The Darnton debate : books and revolution in the eighteenth centuryPour encourager les autres : studies for the tercentenary of Voltaire's birth, 1694-1994The secular city : studies in the Enlightenment : presented to Haydn MasonVoltaire's Micromégas : a study in the fusion of science, myth, and artCyrano de Bergerac, L'autre mondeStudies on Voltaire and the eighteenth centuryCandide, or, Optimism : a new translation, backgrounds, criticismStudies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century
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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