Emilie du Châtelet, La Correspondance d’Émilie du Châtelet

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In 2018, Ulla Kölving and Andrew Brown published a long-awaited new critical edition of Du Châtelet’s correspondence. Regarded as a “scholarly compendium of the highest value” (Ertz 721), this significant two-volume edition comprises six hundred and eighty-six letters (the nine letters in the subsections are numbered as if within the corpus), shared between ninety-five correspondents (only eleven of whom are women), and written between 4 January 1733 and 1 September 1749.

Before the emergence of this recent edition, Du Châtelet’s letters had not been easily accessible to critics. As Roland Bonnel notes, this led to limited critical appreciation: “la critique n’a rien consacré à la correspondance scientifique de Mme Du Châtelet. On la cite pour relever les détails

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Citation: Raynal, Lucille. "La Correspondance d’Émilie du Châtelet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 April 2023 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=41113, accessed 23 June 2024.]

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