The primary satirist of the Enlightenment

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The primary satirist of the Enlightenment, François-Marie Arouet, better known by his  pen name  Voltaire  (1694–1778), entered the literary world as a playwright. He quickly  became renowned for his wit and satire, as well as the libel claims that often resulted. In  and out of prison and other various predicaments for most of his young life, Voltaire  spent a period of exile in England during which he was introduced to the works of Locke  and Newton. The two thinkers had a profound impact on the young Voltaire, who  became wildly prolific in the years that followed, authoring more than sixty plays and  novels and countless other letters and poems. Voltaire was an avowed deist, believing in God but hating organized religion. As a result,  he made Christianity—which he called “glorified superstition”—a frequent target of his  wit. Voltaire was also an ardent supporter of monarchy and spent a considerable 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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