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Published: 17 April 2008

320 Pages


ISBN: 9780192806352

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Persian Letters

Translated by Margaret Mauldon and Edited by Andrew Kahn

Oxford World's Classics

  • The Persian Letters is a major classic of European literature by a thinker who had a huge influence on the Enlightenment and in the USA on the founding fathers. Through the observations of his two Persian travellers in Europe, Montesquieu asks fundamental questions about human nature, social structures, customs and institutions. It is also a witty, inventive satire, a fusion between travel literature and the epistolary genre.
  • The first and only English translation from the new, definitive edition (2004) of the original French text.
  • The most complete and comprehensive introductory essay in English, covering a wide range of topics including the novel's fictional techniques and innovations; travel literature as a genre; historical context and Enlightenment ideas; Orientalism and other issues.
  • Full explanatory notes, useful list of characters, invaluable Appendix featuring excerpts from Montesquieu's most important sources, excellent for cultural context and a helpful guide to Orientalism.

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