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Les Lumières imaginaires: Holbach et la traduction Front cover of latest OSE volume Mladen Kozul Dans les années 1760, l’atelier du baron d’Holbach est un des principaux lieux de diffusion des idées hétérodoxes qui permettent la radicalisation des Lumières en France. L’activité de traduction d’Holbach, plus importante en quantité que son activité d’auteur, est étudiée ici pour la première fois de manière systématique.

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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.

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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.