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Bibliography prize, and a newly-discovered early edition of Voltaire’s works
Thursday, 7 November, 2013
With so many good reasons for visiting Amsterdam, the idea of going there to read 70 or so bibliographies in two days might not seem the most compelling.
Besterman Lecture 2013: Civilisation et empire au siècle des Lumières
Friday, 25 October, 2013
Eighteenth-century violence… redux
Thursday, 17 October, 2013
Le Dodo et le rhinocéros: Voltaire au pays des merveilles
Wednesday, 9 October, 2013
Polémique sur les espèces en voie de disparition? Non. Fable de La Fontaine? Non plus... Il s’agit des illustrations du dernier tome des Questions sur l’Encyclopédie.
Happy birthday Denis Diderot! A letter from Marian Hobson
Saturday, 5 October, 2013
Cher Denis Diderot, happy 300th birthday!
The world’s a revolving stage
Friday, 20 September, 2013
Voltaire wrote on most subjects under the sun but his particular area of expertise in his own eyes – and one about which he probably felt more entitled to offer an informed opinion than almost any
A grand projet misfires
Thursday, 5 September, 2013
In 1770 a group of Voltaire’s friends decided over a boozy dinner that a subscription should be started to commission a monumental statue of France’s most famous living writer.
Visite virtuelle de la Bibliothèque de Voltaire
Thursday, 15 August, 2013
L’histoire des négociations entourant la bibliothèque de Voltaire après la mort de l’auteur et qui ont culminé dans le transfert de tous les livres de
Nikolai Kopanev
Monday, 12 August, 2013
We are very sad to learn the news of the death of Nikolai Kopanev, head of the Voltaire library in St Petersburg.
Pangloss, Guru of Positive Thinking: Candide at the Royal Shakespeare Company
Tuesday, 6 August, 2013
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.

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