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Voltaire and the one-liner

March 15, 2017

An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 10th March 2017, written by Nicholas Cronk, author of Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction.

Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction


"As we mark Voltaire’s 323rd birthday – though the date of 20 February is problematic, – what significance does the great Enlightenment writer have for us now? If I had to be very very short, I’d say that Voltaire lives on as a master of the one-liner. He presents us with a paradox. Voltaire wrote a huge amount – the definitive edition of his Complete works being produced by the Voltaire Foundation in Oxford will soon be finished, in around 200 volumes. And yet he is really famous for his short sentences. He likes being brief, though as a critic once remarked, "Voltaire is interminably brief."..."

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