The Heart and the Mind, by Guy Endore

The Heart and the Mind, by Guy Endore

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Published in America as Voltaire! Voltaire!, this is a biographical novel tracing the parallel lives of the two towering figures of the French Enlightenment, Voltaire and Rousseau.

Voltaire represented the rational, vigorously propagating an ideal of progress based on science and the use of reason whereas Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a man of feeling, who espoused the natural. The concept of the ‘Noble Savage’ and the Romanticism of the 19th century can trace their roots back to Rousseau. The two engaged in a war of words over many years, criticising each other’s works and opinions.

Guy Endore (1901 – 1970) was an American novelist and screenwriter, best known for his novel The Werewolf of Paris (1933), He was also a left-wing activist, and was blacklisted by some studios because of his Communist associations.

Published by London W.H.Allen in 1962.

Ex-Library. Good condition with some foxing on edges and endpapers. Binding intact.