Letters of Joseph d’Hémery in Electronic Enlightenment

The great cat massacre by Robert Darnton (chapter 4) refers to a policeman called Joseph d’Hémery who investigated not only 18th century philosophical books and the booksellers who sold them, but also the philosophers themselves. Gallica does not have his files digitized (yet?) but d’Hémery’s 14 letters to Nicolas René Berryer de Ravenoville and Chrétien Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes dated 1753-1764 are included in Electronic Enlightenment. If your library does not subscribe to EE, ask your librarian. What a rich source of information for 18th century studies and a fascinating historical figure.

Digital texts companion site

Two weeks in the making and I am finally finishing off the first digital text in my companion site located at http://dixhuitieme.ca/ There is only one text in it at the moment and I’ll work on the formatting of the site, but I’m happy to report some progress. It’s been weeks of wrangling with a web hosting company, installing wordpress.org, installing digress.it and computer hardware issues. Voltaire’s La traité sur la tolérance is the first text. Why that one? Believe it or not, it is not as long as a lot of Voltaire’s other works. It also signifies a turn for the philosophes of the 18th century …

Read and comment on the text!

Voltaire’s Candide: a bibliographic laboratory (New York Public Library)

An audio recording of a discussion held at the NYPL on April 15, 2010, part of the NYPL’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of the publishing of Candide.

Some very forward thinking about libraries, library exhibitions, and connecting with our publics, both as cultural and educational institutions. I am inspired by the staff of the NYPL who turned this event into an amazing online experience – for those, like me, who could not see the exhibit.


Here’s a screen capture of the NYPL’s website devoted to Candide.