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Œuvres complètes de Voltaire
Micromégas and other texts (1738-1742)
Volume: Œuvres complètes de Voltaire 20C
Series editor: Nicholas Cronk
Author: Voltaire

Volume editor(s): Nicholas Cronk, Thomas Wynn et al.
 
Date of publication: April 2017

Pagination: xxiv + 468 pp., 4 ill., hb (relié)

Price: £105 / €117 / $139

  ISBN-13: 978-0-7294-1151-6

Description: Not just a science fiction tale about a planet-hopping giant from outer space visiting our world, but also a commentary on society and the scientific knowledge at the time of its composition, Micromégas reflects on man’s place in the universe, between two infinities. This has remained one of Voltaire’s best-loved tales.

This volume also features La Prude, a comedy inspired by Wycherley’s Plain Dealer, the Conseils à M. Racine sur son poème de La Religion, where Voltaire criticises the work of Louis Racine, son of the illustrious playwright, as well as Le Préservatif ou critique des ‘Observations sur les écrits modernes’, in which the author targets his personal enemy the abbé Desfontaines and his literary journal.

Contents:
Micromégas (Nicholas Cronk, J. B. Shank)
La Prude, ou l’homme au franc procédé, comédie, imitée de l’anglais (Thomas Wynn)
Le Préservatif, ou critique des Observations sur les écrits modernes (François Moureau)
Conseils à Monsieur Racine, sur son poème de ‘La Religion’, par un amateur des belles-lettres (David Williams)