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FEATURED TITLE: Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction
Voltaire (1694–1778), best remembered as the author of Candide, is one of the central actors of the European Enlightenment. Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction explores Voltaire’s remarkable career, his most important works, and demonstrates how his thinking is pivotal to our notion and understanding of the Enlightenment.
Read Chapter 1. The man of theatre, which describes Voltaire's works and increasing theatrical fame, suggesting that Voltaire is perhaps a master of theatrical performance, and this powerful sense of theatricality is at the heart of all his literary performances.