Unless otherwise noted, all translations from the French are my own. Letters are always identified by date and, when there is a choice, they have been cited from the sender's published correspondence. For the reader's convenience, citations from Voltaire's correspondence also include the letter numbers.
Also to assist the reader, I have provided short biographical sketches of the main persons who figure in the story that follows, both philosophes and salonnières. They will be found after the Conclusion.
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Publication information: Book title: The Republic of Letters:A Cultural History of the French Enlightenment. Contributors: Dena Goodman - Author. Publisher: Cornell University Press. Place of publication: Ithaca, NY. Publication year: 1994. Page number: xiii.
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