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The Complete Works of Voltaire (Œuvres complètes de Voltaire) being published by the Voltaire Foundation is the first critical edition of the totality of his writings (in the original French), arranged chronologically to untangle the evolution of his thought. Each text is revealed anew thanks to an introduction, variants and a comprehensive annotation (in either English or French).

In this article, Marian Hobson explores the importance of critical editions.

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How to use OCV

Do you need to quote a text by Voltaire? Are you looking to build a corpus for further research? Are you interested in exploring Voltaire’s works by genre?

If you know the name of the text you are interested in, use this handy alphabetical list: How to quote Voltaire: the edition to use, to search for the relevant OCV volume. In the few cases where this is not yet published, we give the best currently available edition instead. The list is regularly revised, so you will always get the most up-to-date information.

If you’re interested in a range of years, rather than a specific text, you may find this full chronological list of published volumes helpful.

Explore by genre

Here you can find additional resources relating to some of Voltaire’s best-known works.

Lettres sur les Anglais:
     a manifesto for modern
     economic and political
Voltaire: historian of modernity:
     Essai sur les mœurs
     Précis du siècle de Louis XV
     Siècle de Louis XIV
Voltaire’s correspondence:
     step into Voltaire’s
     social network!
Voltaire and alphabetical collections:
     Dictionnaire philosophique
     Œuvres alphabétiques, 1
     Œuvres alphabétiques, 2:
           Ajouts posthumes
     Questions sur l’Encyclopédie
Candide and other contes
Corpus des notes marginales:
     discover Voltaire’s own
     handwritten notes on the books
     in his personal library.
OCV team 2009
The Complete Works of Voltaire team in Oxford
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Editorial board

The project benefits from the expertise of an international team of scholars.

The Complete Works of Voltaire: 1967-2016 – an insider’s view, by John Renwick.


Volume 65C: Œuvres de 1768 (I)

Ed. Graham Gargett and Alain Sandrier

In 1768, Voltaire produced a variety of works taking issue with the Catholic Church, targeting in particular its perceived superstition and doctrine, and advocating peace and tolerance.

Volume 60A: Nouveaux Mélanges (1765)

Ed. David Williams, Helder Mendes-Baiao et al.

In 1765, in order to make up a third volume for the Nouveaux Mélanges, the first two volumes of which had appeared at the initiative of the printer Gabriel Cramer, Voltaire composed a number of short texts on subjects of perennial importance to him: politics, philosophy, religion, literature, history… This volume of the Complete works gathers together all of these short pieces for which volume three of the Nouveaux Mélanges was the original edition. Presenting these short texts as a collection enables readers to see for the first time the echoes that give them a certain coherence as an ensemble.