Mark Ravenhill is now in his second year as Writer in Residence at the RSC. His latest play, Candide, ‘inspired by Voltaire’, is currently in rehearsal and opens at the Swan Theatre in Stratford on 29 August, where it will run until 26 October.
Pangloss, Guru of Positive Thinking: Candide at the Royal Shakespeare Company
Tuesday, 6 August, 2013
Wednesday, 24 July, 2013
The Voltaire Foundation, in collaboration with the ARTFL Project, is pleased to announce the public release of the TOUT VOLTAIRE online database.
Vive la Révolution – encore, et toujours?
Sunday, 14 July, 2013
Revolution is one of the great stories of modernity. Much of the last two centuries has been taken up with politics that revolves around revolution
Judging a book by its binding
Tuesday, 25 June, 2013
Anyone who has visited Waddesdon Manor will have been struck by the Morning Room, in which rows of impressively large books are carefully encased in cabinets.
Who’s got the last laugh now?
Wednesday, 12 June, 2013
One of the bitterest and most famous of the many quarrels that Voltaire was involved in during his long life was the one that pitted him against Maupertuis from 1752 onwards.
Friday, 31 May, 2013
Claire Trévien discussed in an earlier post the Candide iPad app which the Voltaire Foundation has produced in association with the Bibliothèque nationale de France and Orange. There have been over 7000 downloads since January, so if you haven’t seen it yet, take a look – it’s beautiful and free!
Monday, 20 May, 2013
It’s fair to say that we live in a news-overload age. I for one am guilty of tuning out of events that seem very far removed from my own day-to-day life.
Superstition springs eternal
Thursday, 9 May, 2013
We always say that Voltaire’s battles are far from over in the twenty-first century, but I usually think more of religious intolerance than of deeply ingrained superstition.
"Cette femme est un phénomène" (Pierre Enckell)
Thursday, 2 May, 2013
Je viens d’être frappée par le fait que le projet Graffigny dure depuis presque trente ans maintenant! Le premier volume est apparu en 1985, et le quatorzième cette semaine (en tout, la Correspondance comprendra 15 volumes imprimés et un volume électronique).
The Online Republic of Letters
Thursday, 25 April, 2013
Welcome to the Voltaire Foundation’s first blog. We are the publishers of the first critical edition of Voltaire’s Complete Works, as well as monographs in the SVEC series touching on all aspects of eighteenth-century culture, history and literature.