Category: Voltaire

Voltaire – 1694 to 1778 – French Philosopher

Voltaire, was the pen name of Francois Marie Arouet. He was a philosopher, satirist, historian, novelist, and dramatist.
He was born in Paris, educated by Jesuits. He studied law, then turned to writing.

He sharply attacked the political institutions of his time in a brilliant and witty prose style. This brought him fame, but he gained enemies at court, and was forced to go into exile in England (1726-9).

Back in France, he wrote plays, poetry, historical and scientific treatises, and his Lettres philosophiques. He moved to Berlin at the invitation of Frederick the Great (1750-3). In 1755 he settled near Geneva, where he wrote the satirical short story, ‘Candide’ a satire against social wrongs. Voltaire’s philosophical writings helped bring about the Fr. Revolution.

The World As It Goes

Memnon the Philosopher

Plato’s Dream

Pleasure In Having No Pleasure

The Two Comforters

An Adventure in India

The Study of Nature

Ancient Faith and Fable

Jeannot and Colin

The History of the Travels of Scarmentado


The Black and the White

Andre Des Touches at Siam

The Good Brahmin