By J. E. Luebering
Cause, rationality, and reform have been might be the largest buzzwords of the Enlightenment period and the topics of a lot of the writing that seemed at the moment. As thinkers more and more all started turning a serious eye in the direction of accredited ideals and practices, such luminaries as Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Paine took up their pens to light up the social injustices and accidents to non-public freedom that pervaded their societies. The attention-grabbing lives of those writers and lots of others-running the gamut from novelists, dramatists, and poets to satirists, social critics, and more-are profiled inside those pages.
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