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Lines on the Birthday of Dr Swift
Monday, 27 November, 2017
It is my birthday this week. People have already started celebrating. Because for the last 350 years I have been vexing the world, they still gather to talk about me, to talk about my books.
Voltaire Lab: new digital research tools and resources
Tuesday, 21 November, 2017
As part of our efforts to establish the Voltaire Lab as a virtual research centre, we are pleased to announce a major update of the TOUT Voltaire database and search interface.
Exploring Parisian archives thanks to the BSECS/Besterman Centre for the Enlightenment Travel Award
Tuesday, 14 November, 2017
On a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1903, Beatrix Potter was shown an elaborately embroidered French velvet coat from the 1780s.
Le discours radical en Grande-Bretagne (1768-1789): réformisme anglais ou sortilège à la française?
Tuesday, 7 November, 2017
Tous les 4 novembre, la Revolution Society célèbre la ‘Glorieuse Révolution’ anglaise de 1688.
Fake views: an unusual false attribution
Tuesday, 31 October, 2017
While looking for a pamphlet entitled ‘Lettre de M. de B... à Monsieur de Voltaire’ I came across a ‘Lettre de M. de Voltaire au peuple d’Angleterre, sur les écarts qu’il a fait paraître, au sujet des balladins français’.
Le Portugal de Voltaire: un royaume sans lumières
Tuesday, 24 October, 2017
Voltaire a très tôt développé une piètre opinion de la culture portugaise et de ses élites.
‘Les Singularités de la nature’
Tuesday, 17 October, 2017
On ne se trompera pas beaucoup en affirmant que ‘Les Singularités de la nature’ sont l’œuvre de Voltaire la plus méconnue – que ceux qui l’ont lue en entier ou à peu près lèvent la main!
Let’s talk: 18th-century scholars, tell us about how you read
Tuesday, 10 October, 2017
The editorial team of Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment is this month undertaking its first-ever survey of scholarly reading practices among 18th-century specialists.
Publish, possibly perish, but live life to the full
Tuesday, 3 October, 2017
The Montpellier naturalist and agronomist, Pierre-Joseph Amoreux, a savant of limited means with an itch to write, struggled throughout his life to get his words of wisdom into print.
Voltaire Foundation appoints Digital Research Fellow
Tuesday, 26 September, 2017
I am delighted to announce my appointment as Digital Research Fellow at the Voltaire Foundation for the academic year 2017-2018.