Voltaire, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death



French writer, historian, and philosopher

Date of Birth: 21-Nov-1694

Place of Birth: Paris, Île-de-France, France

Date of Death: 30-May-1778

Profession: poet, historian, playwright, author, Encyclopédistes, poet lawyer, political scientist, correspondent, philosopher, essayist, autobiographer, science fiction writer, diarist

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

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About Voltaire

  • François-Marie Arouet (French: [f??~swa ma?i a?w?]; 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire (; also US: , French: [v?lt???]), was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his criticism of Christianity, especially the Roman Catholic Church, as well as his advocacy of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a versatile and prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works.
  • He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets.
  • He was an outspoken advocate of civil liberties, despite the risk this placed him in under the strict censorship laws of the time.
  • As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.

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