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‘La Bagatelle’ (1718-1719): a critical edition of Justus van Effen’s journal Front cover of latest OSE volume Ed. James L. Schorr Modelled on the English Spectator, Justus van Effen’s La Bagatelle provided both witty observations on contemporary society and more subversive reflections on topics such as the principles of inheritance or religious orthodoxy. This is the first critical edition, and contains substantive textual commentaries and variants.

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Volume 57A: Writings of 1763-1764 Voltaire book display 1763-1764 shows a relentlessly satirical Voltaire, whether he is goading the Le Franc de Pompignan brothers (Writings on Jean-Jacques Le Franc de Pompignan, Instruction pastorale de l’humble évêque d’Alétopolis, and Letters from a quaker), or mocking Omer de Fleury for his stance on inoculation (Omer de Fleury étant entré, ont dit). In Voltaire and the tithes of Ferney there is further evidence of his continued involvement with local and national politics on the subject of taxes, while simultaneously penning one of his early essays in biblical criticism, his Catéchisme de l’honnête homme.


Correspondance de Pierre Bayle, vol.XI: août 1697–décembre 1698, Lettres 1281-1405 Bayle Dictionaire title page Bayle prépare la deuxième édition du Dictionnaire, qui suscite éloges et critiques. Il fournit de jour en jour sa copie aux imprimeurs, et répond au Jugement de l’abbé Renaudot, relayé par Jurieu. S’ensuit une nouvelle guerre de pamphlets, et une nouvelle ‘affaire Bayle’, qui est celle des articles ‘scandaleux’ du Dictionnaire. Elle donnera lieu à la composition des Eclaircissements.