The Final Volumes of The Complete Works of Tocqueville

10 June 2021

On June 3, 2021, Gallimard published volumes 1, 2, and 3 of Tome XVII of the Complete Works of Tocqueville.


With the addition of these three volumes of Tocqueville’s correspondence, the Complete Works are now, in point of fact, complete.


In a process that spanned 70 years, the entirety of Tocqueville’s works has now been edited and published. These newest additions to the œuvres complètes, which brings together thousands of letters from hundreds of libraries, archives, and personal collections, includes Tocqueville’s correspondence with French luminaries such as Chateaubriand, Guizot, Lamartine, Michelet, and Thiers, among many others.


Françoise Mélonio, who has over many years overseen the project, deserves full credit for this massive undertaking. Tocqueville scholars will benefit from her team’s hard work for many, many years to come.



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