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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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Correspondance du président de Brosses et de l’abbé marquis Niccolini Front cover of latest OSE volume

Ed. John Rogister and Mireille Gille

Cette correspondance passionnante, et en grande partie inédite, révèle la pensée de deux grands hommes de la République des lettres, le président de Brosses, auteur des célèbres Lettres familières sur l’Italie, et son ami florentin, l’abbé Antonio Niccolini, grand transmetteur des courants intellectuels par ses rapports avec Montesquieu, Christian Wolf, Hans Sloane et Richard Mead.

Read the blog post by editor John Rogister: Chance discoveries in French and Italian archives.

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment (previously SVEC), 2016:12


Voltaire, Œuvres alphabétiques II: Ajouts posthumes

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Sous la direction de Nicholas Cronk et Christiane Mervaud, avec la participation de Gillian Pink

Après la mort de Voltaire, les éditeurs des premières Œuvres complètes posthumes, parues à Kehl, ont publié, dans leur version du ‘Dictionnaire philosophique’, une quarantaine de manuscrits trouvés parmi les papiers de l’auteur. Le présent volume a pour objectif de révéler la nature et les origines de ces textes et d’élucider les liens qui existent entre eux. L’édition fait l’étude de la datation de ces textes et tente de résoudre les nombreuses questions génétiques et contextuelles qui planent sur l’ensemble.

Lire la préface de Nathalie Ferrand.

Complete Works of Voltaire, vol.34


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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):