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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.

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Coming soon

Volume 51A: Recueil des facéties parisiennes

title page Les quand

Ed. Graham Gargett, Philip Stewart et al.

En 1760, le pieux Jean-Jacques Le Franc de Pompignan dénonce à l’Académie française la littérature et la philosophie du moment. Se déclenche alors un déluge de pamphlets, un grand nombre des fusées les mieux ciblées partant de Ferney, notamment des contes en vers parmi les plus célèbres de Voltaire: La Vanité, Le Russe à Paris et Le Pauvre Diable. Après quelques mois, celui-ci se décide de réunir ces écrits dans un Recueil des facéties parisiennes. A ses propres textes, il ajoute quelques contributions d’autres philosophes, mais également des morceaux du parti ennemi, agrémentés d’ajouts assassins sous la forme de notes et de préfaces.