School of life voltaire philosopher alain de botton has created a short animated video on voltaire scripted by nicholas cronk see also the article by david williams at the oxford dictionary of national biography also of interest voltaire and enlightenment. The essays demonstrate why voltaire remains an essential point of reference in defining the modern intellectual today reviews the cambridge companion to voltaire is a fascinating guide to one of the worlds most influential authors and thinkers. Voltaire 1694 1778 best remembered as the author of candide is one of the central actors arguably the defining personality of the european enlightenmentin this very short introduction nicholas cronk explores voltaires remarkable career and demonstrates how his thinking is pivotal to our notion and understanding of the enlightenment. Nicholas cronk is a professor of french literature in oxford and director of the voltaire foundation for the last decade he has been general editor of the complete works of voltairehe is currently president of the french socit des etudes voltairiennes based at the sorbonne. By nicholas cronk voltaire foundation oxford university published by cambridge scholars in 2009 with contributions by nicholas cronk and other voltaire scholars pat lee who died in 2006 was a life enhancing friend as well as a voltaire enthusiast and an avid collector of books
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