Candide - Voltaire

Candide - Voltaire

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Candide, ou l’Optimisme is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been widely translated, with English versions titled Candide: or, All for the Best (1759); Candide: or, The Optimist (1762); and Candide: or, Optimism (1947). It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism (or simply Optimism) by his mentor, Pangloss. The work describes the abrupt cessation of this lifestyle, followed by Candide’s slow, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940016271583
Publisher: Luneta Press LLC (
Publication date: 03/17/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 123
File size: 161 KB

About the Author

Voltaire (1694–1778) was a major French figure of the Enlightenment. A prolific philosopher, historian, and writer, he produced almost every literary form, always in a very ironical and polemical style. Although he hoped to be remembered mainly for his plays, his philosophical tales such as L’Ingénu or Candide are today very well known and widely studied. Witty, concise, satirical, they are very representative of his style.

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