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

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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 77B: Œuvres de 1775-1776

Ed. Marie-Hélène Cotoni, Basil Guy et al.

En 1775-1776 Voltaire adresse louanges et requêtes au roi Louis XVI et à son ministre Turgot. Il réfléchit en même temps aux civilisations chinoises et indiennes qu’il admire tant.

Volume 79B: Writings on religion 1776-1777

Ed. Graham Gargett, Antonio Gurrado et al.

Un chrétien contre six Juifs and the Histoire de l’établissement du christianisme, along with La Bible enfin expliquée (OCV, vol.79A), are Voltaire’s last great works dealing with religion. In them he aims at the final destruction of l’Infâme as represented in characters from the Old Testament, Christian superstition, and religious intolerance. Voltaire had fought regularly against all these in the years after 1761. What distinguishes this latest production is the comprehensive quality of his enterprise and the shared outlook in promoting the ideal of deism.

Volume 57A: Writings of 1763-1764

Ed. Simon Davies et al.

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.

Volume 57B: Contes de Guillaume Vadé

Ed. Sylvain Menant et al.

En avril 1764 paraît anonymement un recueil intitulé Contes de Guillaume Vadé: il comprend sept contes en vers, deux en prose, et un assortiment hétéroclite de textes dont certains ont déjà été publiés, et qui laissent donc peu de doutes sur l’identité de l’auteur. Réimprimé et piraté à maintes reprises, cet ouvrage rencontre un franc succès, et permet à Voltaire de faire preuve de son talent de conteur tout en diffusant des écrits polémiques dont plusieurs s’inscrivent dans le cadre de sa lutte contre l’infâme.