Voltaire English letters discovered by Oxford academic
An Oxford academic has uncovered letters by Voltaire which reveal how much this icon of French writing profited financially and intellectually from a stay in England.
They include a signed acceptance from the 18th Century writer for a £200 grant from the Royal Family.
The writer abandoned the French spelling of his first name, Francois, styling himself "Francis".
Professor Nicholas Cronk says Voltaire was "hugely opportunistic".
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