Ch. Porset, Discours d'un anonyme sur l'inégalité 1754
Christiane Lanau, 'Je tiens Jean-Jacques Rousseau': un point de l'affaire Rousseau-Hume
A. M. Laborde, Rousseau: sémiotique d'une phtisie
R. J. P. Jordan, A new look at Rousseau as educator
David Scott, Rousseau and flowers: the poetry of botany
Peter France, Jean-Jacques Rousseau en Union Soviétique
Jean-Pierre Le Bouler, Catherine Lafarge, Les emprunts de Mme Dupin à la Bibliothèque du roi dans les années 1748-1750
The fifth volume of the Corpus des notes marginales, long since out of print, was first published by Akademie-Verlag in Berlin, East Germany, in 1994. It was reissued in the Œuvres complètes de Voltaire Oxford edition, where the remaining volumes of the ‘Corpus’ (unfinished since 1994) began to be published in 2006. This volume has been made easier to use in the reissue by the addition of running heads and by a new index of Voltaire’s works cited in the notes of the present volume and the four that preceded it.
Theodore Besterman’s edition of the notebooks Voltaire kept throughout his long life show not only the staggering breadth of his interests, but the wide reading, inquiry and curiosity which Voltaire made a record of day by day. In their casual, careless nature lies the great value of these notebooks, bringing before us the living, authentic Voltaire. This edition aims to give the reader as near a sense of the original as is typographically practicable, while improving the readability of the text, in order to depict as closely as possible the source and development of Voltaire’s thought.
La Philosophie de l’histoire is an essential piece of Voltairean doctrine, but it has always been a somewhat neglected work, partly due to Voltaire’s decision to incorporate it in the Essai sur les mœurs. This edition restores Voltaire’s original conception of the work, in order to restore its separate identity, to describe the genesis and elucidate the meaning of the work, to trace the ways in which it was later modified and to estimate its importance for Voltaire’s thought and for the development of modern historiography.
Voltaire’s satirical epic La Pucelle was one of the most contentious works of his career, and was outlawed, burned and banned for much of the following two centuries. His trenchant criticism of superstition finds its full expression in this poem, which retells the story of France’s heroine Joan of Arc from an irreverent, ribald point of view.
Despite its importance in Voltaire’s œuvre, and the massive success it enjoyed in the eighteenth century, Voltaire’s epic poem La Henriade has frequently been overlooked by critics. This historic critical edition, by O. R. Taylor, first published in 1970, includes a book-length introduction to the poem, with a full treatment of its conception, composition, publishing history and later influence. It also reprints Voltaire’s various prefaces, notes and paratexts on the poem, all of which reflect in very different ways the author’s view on his poetic masterpiece.
Jacqueline Hellegouarc'h, Genèse d'un conte de Voltaire
Jacqueline Hellegouarc'h, Encore la duchesse Du Maine: note sur les rubans jaunes de Zadig
Philippe Teissier, Une lettre de Madame Denis au comte d'Argental sur Rome sauvée
Jeroom Vercruysse, L'œuvre de Poéshie corrigée: notes marginales de Voltaire sur les poésies de Frédéric II
R. A. Nablow, Voltaire's indebtedness to Addison in the alphabetical works
G. Gargett, Voltaire, Gilbert de Voisins' Mémoires and the problem of Huguenot civil rights (1767-1768)
Jeroom Vercruysse, Une épigramme de Voltaire à Frédéric II
Colin Duckworth, Voltaire at Ferney: an unpublished description
R. Galliani, Voltaire et les autres philosophes dans la Révolution: les brochures de 1791, 1792, 1793
Emile Lizé, Une lettre oubliée de Lebrun-Pindare à Voltaire
W. D. Howarth, Tragedy into melodrama: the fortunes of the Calas affair on the stage
Laurence L. Bongie, Voltaire's English, high treason and a manifesto for bonnie prince Charles
Gloria M. Russo, Sexual roles and religious images in Voltaire's La Pucelle
Nelly H. Severin, Voltaire's campaign against saints' days
Helmut Watzlawick, Casanova and Voltaire's Discours aux Welches
Dorothy Medlin, Voltaire, Morellet, and Le Franc de Pompignan: a bibliographical error corrected
Janet Whatley, Coherent worlds: Fénelon's Télémaque and Marivaux's Télémaque travesti
Jeroom Vercruysse, Vauvenargues trahi: pour une édition authentique de ses œuvres
Nicolas Edmé Restif de La Bretonne, Le Généographe, edited by Dennis Fletcher