Voltaire Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Voltaire Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Voltaire was the most influential writer in eighteenth century France. He epitomizes the philosopher of the siècle des lumières, the Age of Enlightenment; his curiosity embraces all the developments of his day, whether French or otherwise European, scientific or literary. His faith in human reason does not waver, although his optimism about human progress often does. His writings reflect the changing literary tastes of the century as he defends a waning classical tradition while himself introducing the most outrageous innovations. His theater particularly embodies both of these tendencies, whereas his tales tend to exploit traditional literary forms in order to introduce a unique type of satiric philosophical story....

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