Letters on the english or letters concerning the english nation french lettres philosophiques is a series of essays written by voltaire based on his experiences living in england between 1726 and 1729 though from 1707 the country was part of the kingdom of great britainit was published first in english in 1733 and then in french the following year where it was seen as an attack on the . Harvard classics vol 34 part 2 letters on the english lettres philosophiques franois marie arouet de voltaire these 24 epistolary essays by the eighteenth century literary titan exiled to avoid imprisonment for his writings examine the english free thinkers scientists religion and government. From letters on the english or lettres philosophiques c 1778 introduction francois marie arouet known by his assumed name of voltaire was born at paris november 21 1694. A series of letters written by voltaire on english religion politics science and arts as usual i found voltaires discussions on the english religious sects and english politics to be the most entertaining the remaining letters on science and the arts were less resonant to modern ears
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