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In 1743, Voltaire writes to Scipione Maffei his intention to translate Merope, a drama the Italian playwright had composed thirty years before and that Voltaire deemed worthy of the French stage due to its treatment of the classic heroine and its adherence to classical norms. However, Voltaire later claims that due to flaws in Maffei's work, he will write his own version of the play. This petty incident stirred a long-lived and animated debate over which dramatist had adhered more closely todoi:10.21992/t9x05j fatcat:cfi5sa24bza27l7zbx43yxmoge