Digital Voltaire project
François Marie Arouet, dit Voltaire (1694–1778), French author, essayist, philosopher, celebrity, Voltaire is perhaps the outstanding figure of the Enlightenment — icon and amanuensis to the modern world.
The aim of this ambitious project is to update the standard work of reference for those working on Voltaire's correspondence, enriching the collection with newly discovered documents, manuscript images, annotations based on the latest scholarship, while supplementing the resource with other related Voltaire materials.
To date, the published tranches are:
- 4th tranche (published Winter 2014)
— 38 letters from Letters from M. de Voltaire, to several of his friends, translated by Rev. Dr Franklin (London: T. Davies & J. Wheble, 1770) — an edition published in Voltaire's own lifetime;
— 62 additional letters from Voltaire in his Letters: being a selection from his correspondence, translated by Stephen G. Tallentyre (New York & London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1919);
- 3rd tranche (published October 2012)
— adding over 140 letters translated by Theodore Besterman;
— adding over 25 letters translated by Stephen G. Tallentyre;
— adding an extended biographical note on Voltaire by Nicholas Cronk;
— "Onziéme lettre: Sur l’insertion de la petite vérole", Lettres philosophiques by Voltaire, c. 1730; along with a translation from French into English;
- 2nd tranche (published November 2011)
— added 14 previously unpublished letters, over 30 re-edited letters and numerous high-quality mansucript images.
- 1st tranche (published 2008)
— Over 22,000 letters edited by Theodore Besterman.
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