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The Irish Savant’s Problem

Julian Bell: Diderot on Blindness, 21 June 2012

Blindness and Enlightenment: An Essay 
by Kate Tunstall.
Continuum, 238 pp., £17.99, August 2011, 978 1 4411 1932 2
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... in 1749. This Letter has now been translated for the first time in more than two centuries by Kate Tunstall, who accompanies it with a stylish and subtle interpretive essay. It was written when Diderot was 35 and had only recently embarked on the Encyclopédie. He was hardly out of the Parisian equivalent of Grub Street: a sanguine, voluble struggler ...

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