Writings of 1761

Author: Voltaire

Volume: 52

Series: Œuvres complètes de Voltaire

Volume Editors: Marie-Emmanuelle Plagnol-Diéval, Theodore E. D. Braun et al

Publication Date: 2011

Pages: 614

ISBN: 978-0-7294-0888-2

Price: £115


The major part of this volume is taken up by two plays, Don Pedre and Olympie, in which Voltaire attempted to inject dynamism and spectacle into the French theatre while still working in the classical tradition. At the same time Voltaire continued his defence of French literature against foreign, particularly English, influence, with his Avis referring to the prestigious edition of Corneille, and more importantly the Parallèle d’Horace, de Boileau, et de Pope. Other political, religious and philosophical themes of 1761 are articulated in the remaining texts of the volume.

Table of contents

Don Pedre (édition critique par Marie-Emmanuelle Plagnol-Diéval)

Olympie (critical edition by Theodore E. D. Braun)

Avis (critical edition by David Williams)

Parallèle d’Horace, de Boileau, et de Pope (critical edition by David Williams)

De la nation française (édition critique par Jacqueline Hellegouarc’h)

Lettre de M. Formey (édition critique par Jacques Marx, avec la participation de Nicholas Cronk)

Sermon du rabin Akib (critical edition by Antonio Gurrado)

Pot-pourri (édition critique par Jacqueline Hellegouarc’h)

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