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Francois Marie Arouet was born on November 21 1694 in Paris The pen name that he used the most often however was Voltaire Voltaire was a French author philosopher and apostle of free thought he was the most influential figure during the French EnlightenmentVoltaire received an excellent education at a Jesuit school called Louis-le-Grand At age 16 he left school and became friends with Parisian aristocrats These aristocrats admired his cleverness humor and remarkable writing ability In 1717 Voltaire was arrested for writing a series of satirical verses ridiculing the French government and he was imprisoned in the infamous French prison the Bastille During his imprisonment he adopted the name Voltaire He used this pen name so that he could not be blamed for writing subversive literature if the government could not identify the author During the eleven months he spent in prison Voltaire wrote his first major play entitled Oedipe which achieved great success in 1718 Ironically only weeks out of prison Voltaire got into an argument with a nobleman and was arrested He was given two options imprisonment or exile Voltaire chose exile and therefore passed the years from 1726 to 1729 in England While in England he learned about the philosophies of John Locke and the ideas of Sir Isaac Newton He absorbed the British liberties deism and literature Still unwelcome in his homeland Paris Voltaire lived at Cirey in Lorraine from 1734 to 1744 with Madame du Chatelet After 1744 they moved to Versailles Sceaux and Luneville Madame du Chatelet died during childbirth in 1749 After the death of Madame du Chatelet Voltaire became the honored guest of Fredrick the Great at Potsdam However increasing resentment led to their abrupt separation in 1753After three years of wandering Europe Voltaire went to live on the French-Swiss border in a town called Ferney which soon became the intellectual capital of Europe During his years in Ferney Voltaire produced many books plays pamphlets and
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