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
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.
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!