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Les Spectacles francophones à la cour de Russie (1743-1796): l'invention d'une société Front cover of latest OSE volume Alexeï Evstratov Dans cette première étude interdisciplinaire du théâtre francophone joué à Saint-Pétersbourg l’auteur met en évidence les interactions entre le projet des autorités, les troupes de comédiens, le répertoire et les pratiques sociales à l’œuvre dans la salle.

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Correspondance de Pierre Bayle
vol.13: janvier 1703–décembre 1706, Lettres 1591–1741
Bayle title page La dernière période de la vie de Bayle est d’une grande intensité intellectuelle, marquée par la publication de son œuvre philosophique la plus accomplie, la Continuation des pensées diverses (1705).          
Correspondance de Mme de Graffigny
vol.15: 1 janvier 1756 – 10 novembre 1759, Lettres 2304 – 2518
Mme de Graffigny Les trois dernières années de la vie de Mme de Graffigny sont extrêmement mouvementées. Elle suit avec anxiété les péripéties de la guerre de Sept Ans, partage le désarroi général lors de l’attentat de Damiens, et témoigne de la disgrâce de certains de ses amis. Sur le plan littéraire, si la tragédie d’un de ses protégés remporte un succès triomphal, sa propre pièce, La Fille d’Aristide, subit un échec, et le Parlement s’apprête à condamner de nombreux ouvrages des philosophes. Enfin, elle souffre de plusieurs maladies qui amènent sa mort prématurée le 12 décembre 1758.

Complete Works of Voltaire

Volume 70B: Writings of 1769 (IIB) Confession

Ed. David Adams, Pauline Kra et al.

The texts in this volume date from 1769 with one unusual mémoire from 1770. At the age of 75, Voltaire was still extremely active, developing and deepening familiar themes in his writings. After an epistolary dispute with the bishop of Annecy, we present five more works in his ongoing battle against the infâme, concentrating on the threat to society produced by religious dogma and intolerance, and on abuses of ecclesiastical power. The volume ends with a contribution by the patriarch to Choiseul’s plan to create a port on Lake Geneva that would be a haven for those suffering religious persecution in Geneva. The mémoire is accompanied by maps annotated by Voltaire.