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The Death of Voltaire – 30 May 1778

‘All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds’

Voltaire (aka Francois-Marie Arouet), writer, philosopher, historian and creator of the Panglossian character type, died in Paris on 30 May 1778, aged 83.

The Archive contains 100s of interesting newspaper stories about Voltaire so, to mark the day, here’s an excellent newspaper article from July 1778 that offers a wonderful insight into Voltaire’s character.

historical newspaper story about the death of Voltaire

Hampshire Chronicle – Monday 06 July 1778

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000230/17780706/008/0004

historical newspaper story about the death of Voltaire

The Graphic – Saturday 15 June 1878

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000057/18780615/023/0018

historical newspaper story about the death of Voltaire

The Graphic – Saturday 15 June 1878

Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000057/18780615/023/0018

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