Haydn Mason (Independent Scholar - Europe)
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Voltaire’s life transcended the eighteenth century. Born while Louis XIV was still in his conquering prime, he died just a decade before the Revolution. Well before his death, the century was commonly referred to as “Le Siècle de Voltaire” (“The Age of Voltaire”). He became and remains to this day an iconic figure, a key symbol of the freedom to speak, write and, above all, think. “Osez penser par vous-même” (“Dare to think for yourself”), as the protagonist Boldmind (whose name reveals Voltaire’s admiration for intellectual freedom as he perceived it in England) adjures his fearful Portuguese companion Medroso (art. “Liberté de penser” (“Freedom of thought”),

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The Complete Works of Voltaire

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Citation: Mason, Haydn. "Voltaire". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 January 2007 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4561, accessed 25 July 2024.]

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