Voltaire was a French writer, philosopher and historian. Considered ahead of his time during his 18th Century lifetime, he was known for his satires, sharp wit, daring attacks on the Catholic Church, and as a champion of free speech, religious freedom, self expression, and the seperation of church from politics. He wrote on an expansive array of topics, and in an assortment of different genres of authorship, including novels, short stories, articles, plays, poems, essays, novellas, letters, pamphlets, histories, and scientific pieces.
|Full Name||Francois-Marie Voltaire Arouet|
|Birth Date||November 21, 1694|
|Death Date||May 30, 1778|
|Cause of Death||general ill health after a journey|
|Mother||Marie Marguerite d'Aumart|
Marguerite Catherine Arouet Mignot
Voltaire was a friend of Giacomo Casanova, though later in life the two men got into a publishing feud.