Françoís-Maríe Ấroûét (1694-1778), known by his nōm dé plûme Voltâire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher, known for his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state. As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticise intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.
The Irish Dean's great masterpiece. Gulliver's Travels. Very subtle but biting satire. See the Big Endians versus Little Endians. Also enjoyed Gulliver's method of dowsing fires in Royal residences. Could have done without pages of details of C18th seafaring.