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Full name : Voltaire
Alias : Voltaire
Gender : Men
Country : France
Birthday : 21-11-1694
Address : Paris
Animals : The Dog
Zodiac : Scorpio
Died : 30-05-1778
Father : François Arouet
Mother : Marie Marguerite d'Aumart
Siblings :
Wife : Émilie du Châtelet
Children :
Education : 1711 - Lycée Louis-le-Grand
Position :
Activists : Poets , Novelists, Essayists

Francois Arouet, better known by his pen name Voltaire, was a literary genius whose brilliant writings often caused extreme controversy during his time. His prolific writings often attacked popular philosophical or religious beliefs. Many of his works were critical of political institutions resulting in his prosecution, including jail and exile. His works often evoked similar reactions from the masses who, on more than one occasion in more than one city, have burnt and destroyed his books. His extreme criticism earned him numerous enemies. He criticized his government as being ineffective, the common people as ignorant, the church as static, and the aristocracy as corrupt and parasitic. He became personal enemies with the Roman Catholic Church, the French Government, the Bible and the general masses. Despite this, he was far ahead of the times in his crusade for civil rights. He proclaimed the importance of freedom of religion, the right to a fair trial, the separation of church and state, and the freedom of speech. He produced writing in nearly every form including over 21,000 letters, 2,000 books and pamphlets, novels, essays, poetry, plays, historical works, and even scientific experimental works. Despite a life full of controversy, today he considered one of history’s greatest writers and philosophers.

 

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