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 britain it was published first in english in 1733 and then in french 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. The result of the sojourn was the letters on english religion and politics which finally appeared in france in 1734 as lettres philosophiques or philosophical letters written as though to explain english society to a friend back in france letter five on the church of england began with the observation this is the country of sects. Letters on england quotes showing 1 8 of 8 the necessity of saying something the perplexity of having nothing to say and a desire of being witty are three circumstances which alone are capable of making even the greatest writer ridiculous
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