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The Voltaire Foundation is a world leader for eighteenth-century scholarship, publishing the definitive edition of the Complete Works of Voltaire (Œuvres complètes de Voltaire), as well as Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment (previously SVEC), the foremost series devoted to Enlightenment studies, and the correspondences of several key French thinkers.

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Satire, prints and theatricality in the French Revolution Front cover of latest OSE volume Claire Trévien ‘Claire Trévien’s interdisciplinary exploration of the political and visual terrain between the stage and satirical prints in the French Revolution is both imaginative and path-breaking. It opens up new perspectives on the confluence of some of the most striking visual expressions of Revolutionary culture.’ – Colin Jones, Queen Mary University of London Read the blog post by author Claire Trévien: Hunting in the shadows of the French Revolution.

Complete Works of Voltaire

Volume 58: Œuvres de 1764

Siecle books

Ed. Thomas Wynn, Christophe Cave et al.

Ce volume de textes de 1764 nous présente un Voltaire historien et polémiste, aux prises avec le testament politique de Richelieu, document dont il persiste à contester l’authenticité, ainsi qu’un Voltaire critique littéraire et journaliste, qui livra environ deux douzaines d’articles à la Gazette littéraire au cours de cette année-là.

Lire la préface de Jean Sgard.


Correspondence series

Correspondance de Mme de Graffigny – now complete
Vol.1–15: 1716–1759, Lettres 1–2518 Mme de Graffigny ‘She was the world’s most famous writer at one time […] but there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of her. Françoise de Graffigny was admired throughout Europe in the mid 18th century for her novel Lettres d’une Péruvienne and her drama Cénie. […] But over two centuries later her name was pretty well forgotten. Then in 1975 a group of international scholars based at the University of Toronto came together to edit over 2500 letters written by Mme de Graffigny. Now, 40 years later, it’s finally been completed [and published by the Voltaire Foundation].’ – Editors Professor David Smith and Professor Penny Arthur’s CBC Radio One interview on the programme Fresh Air (24 April 2016):