Voltaire (1694 - 1778) was a French philosopher, attorney, writer, and composer of the Enlightenment period. He was an outspoken advocate for civil liberties, and is widely regarded as one of the most influential and prescient thinkers of all time. He was a prolific writer: his works included more than 21,000 letters and more than 2,200 books and pamphlets. A prominent satirical critic of religion, government, and institutions, he was also a poet and playwright
His works include Candide (1759), Le Mondain (1758), Micromégas (1752), Zadig (1751), and Les Miserables (1760).