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Voltaire Almighty: A Life in Pursuit of Freedom by Roger Pearson
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Pearson has brought great, fresh detail to the list of venerable Voltaire biographies, but then goes too far--he flatly states that Voltaire is gay or at least bi on the basis of his long-lasting friendship with schoolfriend Thierot. Perhaps this is wishful thinking, or just an author trying to give his book a sales edge, but there's no evidence for it. In fact, Voltaire found Frederick the Great's gay court tiresome, he spent all his time bedding actresses in his youth, was in a longlasting and deeply sensual affair with mathematician Emilie du Chatelet and then for an encore, wrote pornographic letters to his niece, whom he bedded and housed into old age.