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Miscellany/Mélanges

James L. Schorr, La Henriade revisited

Alain Tichoux, Sur les origines de l’Anti-Pascal de Voltaire

Jan Lavicka, La genèse du Sermon des cinquante

Morris Wachs, Additions to Voltaire’s correspondence

Morris Wachs, Voltaire and Palissot in Paris in 1778: additions to the correspondence

M. S. Rivière, Voltaire’s use of Dangeau’s Mémoires in Le Siècle de Louis XIV: the paradox of the historian-raconteur

Diderot, philosopher of energy

The title of this work may seem to beg an important question, since it rests on the assumption that Diderot has a ‘concept of physical energy’. Indeed the aim of the study is, in part, to assemble evidence in support of the acte de foi implicit in its title. I am using ‘physical energy’ in a loose sense, as a convenient term to denote ‘what matter can do’ as distinct from ‘what matter is made of’.

Pascal Paoli et l'image de la Corse au dix-huitième siècle

La période du gouvernement de Pascal Paoli, notamment dans les années 1764-1769, est cruciale dans l’histoire de la Corse. L’île est alors, en effet, un enjeu politique de portée européenne, car la domination de la république de Gênes est en déclin, et Choiseul convoite ce nouveau territoire, de crainte que cette place stratégique ne tombe entre les mains du roi de Grande-Bretagne. James Boswell joua un rôle fondamental dans la représentation littéraire de la

Sens et fonction de l'utopie tahitienne dans l'œuvre politique de Diderot

Qui dit Diderot dit philosophe par excellence, encyclopédiste en chef, prôneur d’un matérialisme absolu, prosateur ludique et parfois cocasse. Pourtant, au cours des cinquante dernières années, la critique
nous a dévoilé l’autre visage de Diderot – celui d’un théoricien de la politique qui s’oppose à ses contemporains en évitant les traités et en favorisant les vifs échanges et contre-attaques intellectuelles.

Œuvres de 1767 (I)

In 1767, Voltaire turned 73 and, despite precarious health, continued to write, publish and edit an astounding catalogue of works, leading to four volumes of the Œuvres complètes de Voltaire being dedicated to his output from this time. This volume contains the historical burlesque poem ‘La Guerre civile de Genève’, dialogues on Marmontel’s Bélisaire, which had recently swept Paris with controversy over questions of tolerance and pagan salvation, a debate which Voltaire happily entered further with the Lettre à Cogé.

Writings of 1734-1735

Following the explosive, unauthorised publication of the Lettres philosophiques, which revealed a new side of Voltaire to the world, a new chapter of his life began at Cirey with his lover Mme Du Châtelet. Nine years were to pass before he could again live openly in Parisian society. However, this period was among the most creative of Voltaire’s life and the multifarious projects of 1734-1735 show an author attacked and exiled but nevertheless able to turn his hand to an astounding range of projects.

Writings of 1731-1732

During 1731 and 1732, only certain of Voltaire’s closest friends were allowed to know that he was preoccupied with the composition of Le Mort du César, Zaïre and Le Temple du Goût, the major works to be found in this volume and its successor. Other writings kept him very much in the public eye, but when Zaïre was eventually staged, it proved an immediate, resounding success. These were years of relatively tranquil literary activity for Voltaire, in spite of official harassment, literary quarrels and perennial ill-health.

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