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 consacr&…
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 06 June 2023.]