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Aphra Behn

A Discovery of New Worlds

 
 
Author
Bernard de Fontenelle. Aphra Behn, trans. Paul Murdin, foreword.
Publisher Hesperus  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.6 x 4.85 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 9781843913665
Pages/Publication Date 123/2012
Daedalus Item Code 60067
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Born in 1657, Bernard de Fontenelle first achieved literary success with Nouveaux Dialogues des Morts, a brilliant series of philosophical debates between historical figures. But it was this book, published in France as Entretiens sur la Pluralité des Mondes in 1686, that would become one of the first major works of the Age of Enlightenment. In a series of conversations with a young marquise, an astronomer describes Copernicus's sun-centered universe and speculates on the possibility of life on other planets, while she questions and debates his views. Translated into English by Aphra Behn in 1688, it is remarkable both as a pioneering work of popular science—written in colloquial French rather than in Latin—and because it features a woman as an intelligent thinker.
 
 
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