Maxims

Maxims

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Overview

The philosophy of La Rochefoucauld, which influenced French intellectuals as diverse as Voltaire and the Jansenists, is captured here in more than 600 penetrating and pithy aphorisms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140440959
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/1982
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.04(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) was a French classical author who was one of the most active rebels of the Fronde before becoming the leading proponent of the maxime, a French literary form of epigram that expresses severe or contradictory facts with brevity. La Rochefoucauld published only two works, the Mémoires and the Maximes. Additionally, about 150 letters have been collected with 19 shorter pieces, now known as Réflexions diverses.

Leonard Tancock (1902–1986) was an eminent translator of French and a renowned scholar. He taught French at University College London and is best known for his translation of classic French literature, including works by Émile Zola, Voltaire, and Guy de Maupassant.

Table of Contents

Maxims - La Rochefoucauld Translated by Leonard Tancock

Introduction
Portraits
Self-Portrait of the Duc de la Rochefoucauld
Portrait of the Duc de la Rochefoucauld by Cardinal de Retz
Portrait of Cardinal de Retz by La Rochefoucauld
Maxims
Reflections or Aphorisms and Moral Maxims
Posthumous Maxims
Maxims withdrawn by the Author
Notes

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