La Henriade

Author: Voltaire

Volume: 2

Series: Œuvres complètes de Voltaire

Volume Editors: O. R. Taylor

Publication Date: 1970

Pages: 740

ISBN: 978-0-7294-0220-0

Price: £105


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Despite its importance in Voltaire’s œuvre, and the massive success it enjoyed in the eighteenth century, Voltaire’s epic poem La Henriade has frequently been overlooked by critics. This historic critical edition, by O. R. Taylor, first published in 1970, includes a book-length introduction to the poem, with a full treatment of its conception, composition, publishing history and later influence. It also reprints Voltaire’s various prefaces, notes and paratexts on the poem, all of which reflect in very different ways the author’s view on his poetic masterpiece.

Table of contents

Première partie: Introduction; 1. Composition et publication; 2. La conception voltairienne de l’épopée; 3. Les sources; 4. Le sort de La Henriade à partir de 1730; 5. L’influence de La Henriade; 6. La Henriade et la poésie; 7. Le texte de La Henriade

Deuxième partie: La Henriade

Appendices: 1. Préface historique de 1745; 2. Sources littéraires et historiques: notes; 3. Liste alphabétique et analytique des noms de personnages dans la Ligue, a Henriade, les notes et les pièces relatives au poème

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