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Voltaire - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Voltaire

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of a terra-cotta sculpture of Voltaire from the Musee Fabre, Montpellier.
Voltaire   (1694 - 1778)
 
Category:  French Literature
 
Born:  November 7, 1694
Paris, France
 
Died:  May 30, 1778
Paris, France
 
Related authors:
Francois Rabelais, Jonathan Swift
 
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Voltaire - LIFE STORIES
 
 
11/21/1694     Voltaire, Candide
On this day in 1694 Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet) was born. Few could have predicted his Age-defining stature, but apparently the young Voltaire showed every sign of becoming, as biographer Theodore Besterman puts it, "one of those over-life-size personages who seem perpetually to attract equally extraordinary events." He would be applauded and attacked for most of his life, and it is hard to find a portrait of him in which he is not smiling.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
A Treatise on Toleration and Other Essays
by Joseph McCabe (Translator), Francois-Marie Arouet Voltaire
essays
 
Candide
fiction
 
Candide or Optimism: A Fresh Translation, Backgrounds, Criticism
fiction, criticism and analysis
 
Complete Romances of Voltaire 1927
anthology, fiction
 
Philosophical Dictionary
non-fiction
 
The Portable Voltaire
anthology
 
Voltaire: Political Writings
by Voltaire, David Williams (Editor)
essays
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Approaches to Teaching Voltaire's Candide
by Renee Waldinger (Editor)
non-fiction
 
Dialectic of Enlightenment
by Max Horkheimer, Theodor W. Adorno
non-fiction
 
Oration on Voltaire
by Victor Hugo
criticism and analysis
 
Radical Enlightenment: Philosophy and the Making of Modernity 1650-1750
by Jonathan I. Israel
history
 
Symbolism of Voltaire's Novels
by William R. Price
criticism and analysis
 
The Age of Voltaire: A History of Civilization in Western Europe from 1715 to 1756; the Conflict Between Religion and Philosophy
by Will Durant
history
 
Voltaire
by Wayne Andrews
biography
 
Voltaire and the Century of Light
by Alfred Owen Aldridge
biography
 
Voltaire and the Theatre of the Eighteenth Century
by Marvin Carlson
guide, criticism and analysis
 
Voltaire in Love
by Nancy Mitford
biography
 
Voltaire Revisited
by Bettina Liebowitz Knapp
criticism and analysis
 
Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West
by John Ralston Saul
non-fiction
 
Voltaire's Correspondence: An Epistolary Novel
by Deidre Dawson
criticism and analysis
 
Voltaire's Politics: The Poet As Realist
by Peter Gay
literary criticism
 
What Voltaire Tries to Tell Us, Volume I : The Esoteric Substance of Voltairian Thought
by Denise Bonhomme
criticism and analysis
 
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Hanover Historical Texts Project
Find excerpts from Voltaire's The Philosophical Dictionary, with entries on adultery, ancients and moderns, antiquity, the arts, atheism, beauty, civil laws, common sense, democracy, destiny, free will, God, liberty, natural law, nature, reason, religion, truth, tyranny, and other topics. A study guide has been compiled by Paul Brians, Department of English, Washington State University.
PositiveAtheism.org
This website offers excerpts from several Voltaire biographies. A useful resource.

"Voltaire (1694-1778) advanced no startlingly original ideas which challenged religious belief. He was a deist rather than a fully-fledged atheist. He was not a philosopher in the common usage of the word and had little patience with metaphysics or system-building -- the 'metaphysico-theologico-cosmolonigology' of Pangloss in Candide. He was primarily a man of letters and ideas, immersed in the arguments and public affairs of his time and would most have wished to have been remembered as the author of successful tragedies and epic poems. He approved the social usefulness of religion and believed passionately in justice and tolerance; above all he is remembered as the flail of superstition in general and of the Catholic Church in particular...."
The Voltaire Society of America
Offers images, poetry, resources for study of Candide, historical and contemporary accounts of Voltaire's chateau in Ferney, and a selection of letters with musings on history, the advantages of civilization and literature, god, the soul, and innate morality, and other topics. In a letter of Jean Jacques Rousseau, August 30th 1755:

"If anyone has a right to complain of letters, I am that person, for in all times and in all places they have led to my being persecuted: still, we must needs love them in spite of the way they are abused -- as we cling to society, though the wicked spoil its pleasantness: as we must love our country, though it treats us unjustly: and as we must love and serve the Supreme Being, despite the superstition and fanaticism which too often dishonour His service...."
Voltaire - Oeuvres compl├Ętes
This French-language resource offers excerpts from Voltaire biographies, historical texts, and the electronic texts to works including Dictionnaire philosophique, Candide, l'Écossaise, and Zaïre.
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