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Voltaire is one of the greatest writers in the French language, but readers and researchers have so far lacked access to a definitive scholarly edition. The Complete Works of Voltaire (Œuvres complètes de Voltaire) being published by the Voltaire Foundation is the first critical edition of the totality of his writings (in the original French), arranged chronologically to untangle the evolution of his thought. Each text is revealed anew thanks to an introduction, variants and a comprehensive annotation (in either English or French).

For more on Voltaire’s ‘modern history’ texts, see Voltaire: historian of modernity. For more on his alphabetical collections, see Voltaire and alphabetical collections. For more on his contes, see Voltaire’s contes.

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For individual texts, please refer to our Index of published texts. When a text has not yet been published in this definitive edition, the list Voltaire texts: the edition to use gives the best available edition.

Published volumes may be found in the full list of published volumes or the online catalogue.

Coming soon

Volume 13C: Siècle de Louis XIV (V): Chapitres 25-30

Ed. Diego Venturino

Conçu au début des années 1730, publié en 1751, revu et corrigé jusqu’en 1775, le Siècle de Louis XIV est une des étapes marquantes de la carrière de l’historien-philosophe Voltaire. Largement discuté à l’époque des Lumières et au XIXe siècle, jamais oublié au XXe, l’ouvrage marque le début de l’historiographie moderne aussi bien que de l’histoire littéraire.

Première grande synthèse consacrée au règne de Louis XIV, l’œuvre de Voltaire demeure aujourd’hui le point de départ (souvent polémique) de toute réflexion sur l’histoire politique et culturelle du règne du Roi Soleil et une manifestation incontournable de l’historiographie du XVIIIe siècle.

Volume 27: Essai sur les mœurs et l’esprit des nations (IX)

Ed. Bruno Bernard, John Renwick et al.

This volume IX of the Essai contains the ‘Textes annexes’, peripheral but significant documents, including pieces relating to Voltaire’s conclusion to, and defence of, his seminal work, as well as his early manuscript, the ‘Chapitre des arts’. Together these texts provide further background to the development of the Essai and its presentation.

‘A masterpiece of prose that pioneered many of the foundations of modern historical study. […] This rich, learned edition promises to become the foundation and impetus for a renewed exploration of both its distance and its proximity to our own shifting conceptions of cultural history.’

Saul Anton, H-France Review (April 2012)