Bernard le Bovier Fontenelle Bibliography

Le ComŠte 1681
A comedy in which Fontenelle ridicules the views the ancients held about comets.
Nouveaux Dialogues des morts 1683
The second part of this work appeared in 1684. Dialogues, based on those of Lucian, between Socrates and Montaigne, Seneca and Scarron, amongst others, which helped to popularize new philosophical ideas. Voltaire called Fontenelle the most universal mind produced by the age of Louis XIV.
Lettres galantes 1683
An expanded edition appeared in 1685.
Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes (A Plurality of Worlds) 1686
A best-selling and widely translated work consisting of dialogues on astronomy between a man of science and an intelligent but uneducated marquise.  The dialogues reveal  Fontenelle’s Cartesianism and include speculations on life on other planets.  They were more influential than any other work in securing popular acceptance of the Copernican system.
Relation curieuse de l'isle de Born‚o 1686
The Relation curieuse appeared in Pierre Bayle's journal, Nouvelles de la R‚publique des Lettres in January 1686
Historie des oracles 1686
In setting out to discredit the supernatural origin of oracles, Fontenelle drew upon the Dutch physician Anton van Dale's Latin treatise De Oraculis Ethnicorum (1683).
Doutes sur le systŠme physique des causes occasionnelles 1686
A critique of the work of Nicolas de Malebranche.
Poésies pasturales 1688
Includes the ‘Digression sur les anciens et les modernes’, in which Fontenelle places himself clearly in the camp of the moderns, even to the extent of claiming that many of Descartes ideas, though not his method, have been superseded.
De l'origine des fables 1724
Written sometime between 1691 and 1699.
l‚ments de la g‚om‚trie de l'infini 1724
A Week’s Conversation on the Plurality of Worlds 1737
Translated by Wm. Gardiner, third edition, London.
Théorie des tourbillons cartesiens 1752
The publication of Fontenelle’s last work caused a sensation.
Th‚orie des tourbillons cart‚siens 1752