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Eight volumes published ?1687–94. The first is a translation of ‘L'Espion du Grand Seigneur’ by Giovanni Paolo Marana, a Genoese residing in Paris, published in French in 1684–6, partly itself a translation from an Italian version. The work inaugurated a new genre in European literature, the pseudo‐foreign letters, of which the Lettres persanes of Montesquieu is the chief example.

A continuation to the Letters, probably by Defoe, was published in England in 1718.

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