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1) Francois-Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire, born in Paris on November 21, 1694 to May 30, 1778 (age 83), was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit.

2) He spoke his criticism of Christianity, especially the Roman Catholic Church, and of slavery, as well as his advocacy of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and separation of church.

3) He was a versatile and prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, histories, and scientific expositions.

4) He wrote more than 20,000 letters and 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was one of the first authors to become renowned and commercially successful internationally.

5) He was at constant risk from the strict censorship laws of the Catholic French monarchy. His polemics witheringly satirized intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.

6) His best-known work and magnum opus, Candide, is a novella which comments on, criticizes, and ridicules many events, thinkers, and philosophies of his time.

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