Œuvres de 1737

Author: Voltaire

Volume: 17

Series: Œuvres complètes de Voltaire

Publication Date: 1991

Pages: 609

ISBN: 978-0-7294-0421-1

Price: £105


1737 was a year in which Voltaire was in great danger from his political enemies and in place of literary work, threw himself into Newtonian metaphysics, focussing on an Essai sur la nature du feu, et sur sa propagation for the prestigious Academie des sciences annual essay prize. Clarifying his ‘système de morale’ on human happiness and liberty, Voltaire wrote seven Discours en vers sur l’homme and was also inspired to write Le Songe de Platon, a conte philosophique contesting Plato’s social ideas. He also began the tragedy most acclaimed during his lifetime, the classically-inspired Mérope.

Table of contents

Essai sur la nature du feu, et sur sa propagation (W. A. Smeaton and Robert L. Walters) Mérope, tragédie (Jack R. Vrooman and Janet Godden) Discours en vers sur l’homme (Haydn T. Mason) Le Songe de Platon (Jacques van den Heuvel) Minor verse (Ralph A. Nablow): A M. de La Condamine Madrigal, ‘On disoit que l’himen a l’intérest pour père’

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