Writings of 1761
About the Book
The major part of this volume is taken up by two plays, Don Pedre and Olympie, in which Voltaire attempted to inject dynamism and spectacle into the French theatre while still working in the classical tradition.
At the same time Voltaire continued his defence of French literature against foreign, particularly English, influence, with his Avis referring to the prestigious edition of Corneille, and more importantly the Parallèle d’Horace, de Boileau, et de Pope.
Other political, religious and philosophical themes of 1761 are articulated in the remaining texts of the volume.
Table of Contents
Don Pedre (Marie-Emmanuelle Plagnol-Diéval)
Olympie (Theodore E. D. Braun)
Avis (David Williams)
Parallèle d’Horace, de Boileau, et de Pope (David Williams)
De la nation française (Jacqueline Hellegouarc’h)
Lettre de M. Formey (Jacques Marx avec la participation de Nicholas Cronk)
Sermon du rabin Akib (Antonio Gurrado)
Pot-pourri (Jacqueline Hellegouarc’h)