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Annotation in scholarly editions and research
Thursday, 25 February, 2021
It has been, alas, almost exactly a year since our last face-to-face Besterman Workshop at 99 Banbury Road.
Voltaire on Capitol Hill: ‘Anyone who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities’
Tuesday, 16 February, 2021
Houdon’s bust of Voltaire still dominates the entrance hall of Thomas Jefferson’s house at Monticello, and last week Voltaire was being quoted on Capitol Hill in the impeachment trial of President Trump.
Bernardin de Saint-Pierre: adventures in words and deeds
Thursday, 11 February, 2021
Why read and study Bernardin de Saint-Pierre? Until recently, his reputation rested almost exclusively on arguably the most-published novel in French literature, ‘Paul et Virginie’.
Voltaire in Korea
Thursday, 4 February, 2021
‘Voltaire: A Very Short Introduction’ has just appeared in Korean. Nicholas Cronk and Minchul Kim wrote this preface specially aimed at readers in South Korea.
Montesquieu, the Persian Rousseau, and Napoleon’s French Revolution in India
Thursday, 28 January, 2021
The year 2021 marks the tercentenary of the publication of Montesquieu’s Lettres persanes and the 200th anniversary of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Albert et Zemmour contre Voltaire
Thursday, 21 January, 2021
‘Faut-il brûler Sade?’ demandait Simone de Beauvoir en 1955 quand les livres du ‘divin marquis’ pourrissaient encore dans l’Enfer de la Bibliothèque nationale.
‘A la manière de Voltaire’ – contrefaçons et découvertes
Thursday, 14 January, 2021
On ne prête qu’aux riches. Ce proverbe chaque jour vérifié éclaire les origines du volume le plus étonnant de la collection des OCV.
Rethinking Voltaire’s ‘Lettres sur les Anglais’: in the footsteps of Gustave Lanson
Thursday, 7 January, 2021
With the publication of volume 6B, we have just moved one step closer to celebrating the completion of the Complete works of Voltaire in 2021.
Would you survive four radical political changes? Venetians in the early 19th century tried
Thursday, 17 December, 2020
If you think that you live in a rapidly changing society, consider the people who lived during the revolutionary and Napoleonic period.
Jacques Pierre Brissot and Charles Burney: unpublished letters reveal a dance to society’s music
Thursday, 10 December, 2020
Charles Burney was a central figure in the literary, artistic and musical world of late eighteenth-century London.

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