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Voltaire in London

Updated: Apr 13

Did you know that the famous French writer Voltaire once lived in London?

Vintage illustration of Voltaire.

Francois-Marie Arouet (1694-1778) – under the pen name of Voltaire – was a French writer, philosopher, satirist and playwright.

Some of his notable works were his tragic play, Zaïre, the historical study, The Age of Louis XIV, and the satirical novella, Candide.

He wrote in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works as well as writing more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets.

Voltaire was exiled to England and lived in London from 1726 to 1728. He lodged in a house around Charing Cross area from 1727 to 1728; a green plaque can be found at this site to celebrate this.

📍10 Maiden Ln, Charing Cross, London WC2E 7NA

The nearest station is Covent Garden Underground Station. 🚆

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