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Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction

Sunday 26 March 2017

15 Minutes


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Oxford University Press is proud to return to the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival with another series of soap box talks from the very short introductions series.  These free, 15-minute talks feature expert authors from the series and take place twice a day in the Blackwell’s Marquee, next to the Sheldonian Theatre.

Professor of French literature and director of the Voltaire Foundation Nicholas Cronk explores Voltaire’s remarkable career and demonstrates how his thinking is pivotal to our notion and understanding of the Enlightenment. Voltaire, best remembered as the author of Candide, is one of the central actors – arguably the defining personality – of the European Enlightenment.