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Denis Diderot

Philosopher, Encyclopaedist (5-Oct-1713 — 31-Jul-1784)


Carol Blum. Diderot: The Virtue of a Philosopher. New York: Viking. 1974. 182pp.

Lester G. Crocker. The Embattled Philosopher: A Biography of Denis Diderot. Michigan State College Press. 1954. 442pp.

Otis Fellows. Diderot. Twayne. 1977. 193pp.

P. N. Furbank. Diderot: A Critical Biography. Westminister, MD: Alfred A. Knopf. 1992. 524pp.

Lilo K. Luxembourg. Francis Bacon and Denis Diderot: Philosophers of Science. New York: The Humanities Press. 1967. 127pp.

John Morley. Diderot and the Encyclopedists. London: Chapman and Hall. 1878. (2 vols.) 338pp. + 358pp.

Joseph Royall Smiley. Diderot's Relations with Grimm. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press. 1950. 127pp.

Aram Vartanian. Diderot and Descartes: A Study of Scientific Naturalism in the Enlightenment. Princeton University Press. 1953. 336pp.

Arthur McCandless Wilson. Diderot. New York: Oxford University Press. 1972. 917pp. First part pulblished previously as Diderot: The Testing Years.


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  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Wikipedia [link]

  4. Encyclopaedia Britannica 11th Edition

  5. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.417)

  6. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.67)

  7. European Authors 1000-1900 (pp.228-31)

  8. Who's Who in Lesbian & Gay Writing (p.55)

  9. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.273)

  10. Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (p.124)

  11. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.148)

  12. A Short Biographical Dictionary of Foreign Literature (p.68)

  13. Biographical Dictionary of Psychology (p.101)

  14. The Reader's Encyclopedia of World Drama (pp.179-80)

  15. Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientists (p.130)

  16. The Hutchinson Dictionary of Ideas (p.149)

  17. Legends in Their Own Time (p.67)

  18. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.101)

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