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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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Read reviews of individual volumes in the catalogue or of the series as a whole on the Complete Works reviews page.

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Published and forthcoming


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 26C: Essai sur les mœurs et l’esprit des nations (VIII): Chapitres 177-97

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Ed. Bruno Bernard, John Renwick et al.

This volume contains the final chapters of Voltaire’s text, ch.177-197, which start with an overview of Europe of the late 16th and 17th centuries before turning east to the Ottomans, Persians, Mughals, China and Japan. The text concludes with ch.197, ‘Résumé de toute cette histoire jusqu’au temps où commence le beau siècle de Louis XIV’.

‘Il faut souligner la rigueur philologique de cette édition, qui met à la disposition du lecteur un apparat critique et bibliographique considérable […] Cette nouvelle édition s’annonce d’ores et déjà comme un outil de travail indispensable pour étudier ce complexe et monumental ouvrage de Voltaire qui marque un clivage dans la manière traditionnelle d’écrire l’histoire.’

Luigi Delia, Revue philosophique de la France et de l’étranger (January-March 2013)