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Candide, or Optimism

Candide, or Optimism

Author: Voltaire; Theo Cuffe
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2005.
Series: Penguin classics deluxe edition.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : Penguin classics deluxe edView all editions and formats
"With Candide, Voltaire bumptiously skewered the fashionable misinterpretation of the doctrine of philosophical optimism, unerringly offending kings, scientists, fanaticals, publishers, journalists, and even priests; composed in a mere three days, Candide's capacity to amuse, disgust, and surprise endures today, roughly ninety thousand days later. Theo Cuffe's new translation is invaluable for those English-speaking

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Genre/Form: Satire
Picaresque literature
Fictional Work
Romans, nouvelles, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Voltaire, 1694-1778.
Candide, or Optimism.
New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2005
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Voltaire; Theo Cuffe
ISBN: 0143039423 9780143039426 9780140455106 0140455108 9780679417460 067941746X 0451528093 9780451528094
OCLC Number: 1001902535
Notes: Col. map on cover flap.
Description: xxxvii, 155 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: Candide, or optimism --
The alternative version of the opening of chapter 22 --
Voltaire's poem on The Lisbon disaster --
Entries from Voltaire's philosophical dictionary.
Series Title: Penguin classics deluxe edition.
Other Titles: Candide.
Responsibility: Voltaire ; translated and edited by Theo Cuffe ; with an introduction by Michael Wood.
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Tells of the adventures of the naive Candide, who doggedly believes that all is for the best even when faced with injustice, suffering, and despair.  Read more...


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