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Dr Ruggero Sciuto

Dr Ruggero Sciuto is a Postdoctoral Researcher. His present research revolves around two main focuses: eighteenth-century French literature and philosophy, particularly the works of Denis Diderot, Paul-Henri Thiry d’Holbach, Emilie Du Châtelet, and Voltaire; and diplomatic relations between European powers in the early modern period.

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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