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Voltaire: a life in letters

In the late summer of 1776 there appeared an anonymous ‘Commentaire historique sur les œuvres de l’auteur de La Henriade’. On the face of it, this biography of the 82-year-old Voltaire was written by a ‘man of letters’, not in his first youth either, with access to the great man and to the ‘chaos of his papers’.

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