This writer and philosopher was born Francois Marie Arouet in Paris in 1694.
Voltaire. Young Arouet adopted the pen-name “Voltaire”, after he was imprisoned without trial in the Bastille. The name is an anagram of the Latin spelling of Arouet and the letters LI. It is also meant to convey speed and daring, as well as symbolize the writer’s break from his past.
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