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Death Mask of Voltaire (1694-1778)

Author and philosopher, born Paris, France, November 21st 1694.
Educated at the Jesuit College Louis-le-Grand he left school destined for the law but his wit, humour and remarkable gift for literature led to him becoming the toast of Parisian Society. An advocate of religious and political tolerance he became a major figure of the Enlightenment. In 1716 he was banished from Paris for several mont…