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Voltaire

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Birthday
21, 1694
Birthplace
Paris, France
Death Date
May 30, 1778 (83)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
21, 1694
Birthplace
Paris, France
Death Date
May 30, 1778 (83)

About

French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher who became known for his wit and his pointed social critique. His popular work, Candide, satirized French nobility and the church.

Before Fame

He studied Greek and Latin at the College Louis-le-Grand, but left school to pursue a career as a writer. He subsequently wrote a satirical poem about the Duke of Orleans that resulted in his nearly year-long imprisonment at the Bastille.

Trivia

His subversive French works helped spur the American Revolution.

Family Life

He and his four older siblings were the children of a Parisian attorney. He adopted the name Voltaire in 1718.

Associated With

He was highly influenced by the works of William Shakespeare.