Œuvres de 1732-1733

Author: Voltaire

Volume: 9

Series: Œuvres complètes de Voltaire

Volume Editors: Sylvain Menant, O. R. Taylor et al

Publication Date: 1999

Pages: 557

ISBN: 978-0-7294-0646-8

Price: £105


About

The year 1733 was the last before the momentous scandal over the Lettres philosophiques which led to a new life for Voltaire at Cirey. With hindsight it can be read as a prefatory period, full of restive episodes and apprehension. Even Zaïre, a great success at the Comédie-Française in 1732-1733, took on a controversial edge when Voltaire wished to give it to a highly unorthodox, polemical dedication. Similar doubts about Voltaire’s respect for authority are inspired by Le Temple du goût, which was published without official permission from the censors. Despite the unease from both his political and personal disputes, Voltaire’s prodigious literary activity continues unabated, and includes philosophical works, satires, poetry and a Vie de Molière which remains fascinating for its encounter of minds between two of France’s most gifted comic authors.

Table of contents

Le Temple de l’amitié (O. R. Taylor) Le Temple du goût (O. R. Taylor) La Mule du pape (Sylvain Menant) Epître sur la calomnie (D. J. Fletcher) Lettre à un premier commis (Pierre Rétat) Vie de Molière, avec de petits sommaires de ses pièces (Samuel S. B. Taylor) Poésies de 1732-1733 (Nicole Masson et Sylvain Menant): A. M. Grégoire, député du commerce de Marseille A Mlle de Guise, depuis duchesse de Richelieu, sœur de Mme de Bouillon A Mme la duchesse de Bouillon, qui vantait son portrait, fait par Clinchetet Quatrain pour le portrait de feue Mme la duchesse de Bouillon Madrigal ‘Ah! Camargo, que vous êtes brillante!’ Vers pour Mlle Sallé Epître à mademoiselle de Lubert Epître à mademoiselle de Lubert, qu’on appelait Muse et Grâce. 1732 Réponse à Mlle de Malcrais de la Vigne par M. de Voltaire, en lui envoyant la Henriade et l’Histoire de Charles XII A mademoiselle Aïssé en lui envoyant du ratafia pour l’estomac A Mme de Fontaine-Martel en 1732 A Mme de Fontaine-Martel en lui envoyant le Temple de l’amitié A madame la marquise Du Châtelet sur le Temple du goût A Mlle de Rochebrune, en lui envoyant le Temple du goût A Mme la comtesse de La Neuville en lui envoyant l’Epître sur la calomnie A monsieur L…… Réponse de M. de Voltaire A Mme Du Châtelet, en lui envoyant l’Histoire de Charles XII A M. de Forcalquier, qui avait eu ses cheveux coupés par un boulet de canon au siège de Kehl. 1733 Vers sur l’élection du roi Stanislas A M.**, qui était à l’armée d’Italie. 1735

Reviews

Modern Language Review, 96.2

Taylor’s long-awaited edition of the Temple du goût definitively replac[es] Elie Carcassonne’s 1938 user-unfriendly edition. Taylor […] gives a masterly account of the genesis of the text, setting Voltaire’s ideas in the context of the on-going querelle des anciens et des modernes, and he weaves his way throught the editorial intricacies created by Voltaire’s incessant revisions of his work, demonstrating how his changes reveal a writer who tones down his text in response to the controversy it first aroused. […] Also in this volume is Samuel Taylor’s edition of La Vie de Molière, a text which Voltaire considered inseparable from an edition of Molière’s plays. Taylor brings out well the significance of this account of Molière’s life and works in the context of Voltaire’s development as a literary critic and historian. […] This volume as a whole is characterized by a high standard of literary, biographical, historical, and bibliographical scholarship and, like others in the Complete Works, constitutes an invaluable resource for future scholars.

Dix-Huitième Siècle, No 32

En appliquant les meilleures méthodes de l’édition critique, les éditeurs proposent d’abord Le Temple de l’Amitié, éd. par O. R. Taylor qui reproduit le texte de l’éd. originale de 1732, puis (par le même), Le Temple du Goût qui se distingue comme la pièce maîtresse du volume (p.25-256), avec une ample introduction (p.29-118) et une riche annotation (p.211-256)

Studi Francesi, No 1, Vol. 133

In his erudite introduction which precedes the text of Le Temple du goût, O.R. Taylor reconstructs with great care and experience the genesis of the work. (…) Even though it can not be listed among Voltaire’s masterpieces, the Vie de Molière is worth being carefully read as Voltaire portraits Molière in an overall interesting way, particularly – as Samuel Taylor points out in his rich introduction – about the controversial relation between the latter and the 17th-century Catholic Church.

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