Contents and prospects

Guy Fontaine, president of the European Letters, French association under the law of 1901 opened the debates in the name of the University network of The European Letters: presentation of the genesis of the European Letters, Handbook of European Literature History.

Since1992, date when European letters, History of European Literature was published, aimed at the general public (Hachette, France and De Boeck, Belgium), editions of this reference book(10,000 copies sold  in its first draft) have followed:

- in Dutch (translation by K.U.B, Brussels, Belgium and Nimègues University, Netherlands, Meulhenhoff editions 1994, 5,000 copies).

- in Greek (translation by Salonique University and Athens University) Sokolis editions, 1999, 5,000copies.

- in English (translation by Michael Woof), Routledge editions (London and New York).2000(4,000 copies).

- Revised edition, University Handbook of European Literature, following recommendation 1833(unanimous vote by the Parlementary Assembly of the European Council) in favour of the teaching of European Literature (De Boeck editions, Brussels and Paris, 2007(7,000 copies sold up to now).

- in Polish (translation by Wroclaw University) Slowo/Obraz Terytoria editions, 2009, 4,000copies.

- inLatvian(translation by Riga University) Janis Roze editions,2013, 3,000 copies.

- Portuguese translation to come.

Les Lettres Européennes Association whose seat is in Northern France and which gathers creators and educationalists all over geographical Europe is at the origin of a unique handbook of its kind up to now. This work distributed in 6 languages (7 very soon) has a real penetration throughout the world (several tens of thousands copies from 1992 to 2013).

In 2015, the European Letters Association will get back the intellectual rights of this work.

The digital revolution greeted by all the book and reading professionals and all the participants of the founding meeting of June 25th 2015 in the Imaginarium of Tourcoing, is a historical opportunity to give a new impulse to the European Letters venture.

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