Monthly Archives: October 2010

Lady Châtelet’s lover (aka Voltaire)

[With apologies to D.H. Lawrence] François-Marie Arouet (also known as Voltaire) was one of the Enlightenment’s leading defenders of free thought and religious tolerance. He lived in England for three years. He lived with Madame du Châtelet from 1734 until … Continue reading

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Who wrote Shakespeare?

According to Wikipedia, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has declared 23 April to be the International Day of the Book because William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes both died on that date in 1616. Also according to Wikipedia (that … Continue reading

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Miguel de Cervantes

The Spanish novelist, playwright, and poet Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) was the creator of Don Quixote, the most famous figure in Spanish literature. Here’s a frivolous clerihew about Cervantes — I have no evidence to support it! Disregard the image on Wikipedia. There … Continue reading

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