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Candide

Author: Voltaire
Publisher: Mineola, New York : Dover Publications, Inc., 1991.
Series: Dover thrift editions.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Caustic and hilarious, Candide has ranked as one of the world's great satires since its first publication in 1759. It concerns the adventures of the youthful Candide, disciple of Dr. Pangloss, who was himself a disciple of Leibniz. In the course of his travels and adventures in Europe and South America, Candide saw and suffered such misfortune that it was difficult for him to believe this was "the best of all  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Satirical literature
Black humor
Historical fiction
Translations into English
Humor
Named Person: Voltaire
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Voltaire
ISBN: 0486266893 9780486266893 0471928046 9780471928041 0486276252 9780486276250 0471928054 9780471928058 9780140440041 0140440046
OCLC Number: 23811109
Language Note: Translation from French.
Notes: "This Dover edition, first published in 1991, is an unabridged republication of an anonymous English version of Candide (the Notes to the Text are by the translator)."--title page verso.
"Voltaire was the pseudonym of the French writer François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778). Candide, the work for which he is best remembered today, was originally published in 1759 but was expanded subsequently. The era was one in which the conventions and inequities of European society were being questioned and attacked on all sides. Voltaire leapt into the fray armed with clear (if not very rigorous) thinking, a widely eclectic knowledge of history and current events, a touch of bawdry, and unflagging irony. The moral tale Candide, which investigates the possibility of human happiness, is largely a heavy parody of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz' Théodicée (1710), in which the German philosopher concluded that the world was basically good - in fact, the best possible, since it was a creation of God - and that its apparent evils were secondary irritations caused by men's inadequacies. Himself enriched through favoritism and financial adventures, in Candide Voltaire preached the merits of usefulness to society and contentment with a modest lot. The lucid style of the novel has always been admired, and many of its incidents and sayings have become part of universal culture."--taken from Note, page v.
Description: ix, 94 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: I. How Candide was brought up in a magnificent castle, and how he was expelled thence --
II. What became of Candide among the Bulgarians --
III. How Candide made his escape from the Bulgarians, and what afterwards became of him --
IV. How Candide found his old master Pangloss, and what happened to them --
V. Tempest, shipwreck, earthquake, and what became of Doctor Pangloss, Candide, and James the Anabaptist --
VI. How the Portuguese made a beautiful auto-da-fé, to prevent any further earthquakes ; and how Candide was publicly whipped --
VII. How the Old Woman took care of Candide, and how he found the object he loved --
VIII. The history of Cunegonde --
IX. What became of Cunegonde, Candide, the Grand Inquisitor, and the Jew --
X. In what distress Candide, Cunegonde, and the Old Woman arrived at Cadiz ; and of their embarkation --
XI. History of the Old Woman --
XII. The adventures of the Old Woman continued --
XIII. How Candide was forced away from fair Cunegonde and the Old Woman --
XIV. How Candide and Cacambo were received by the Jesuits of Paraguay --
XV. How Candide killed the brother of his dear Cunegonde --
XVI. Adventures of the two travellers, with two girls, two monkeys, and the savages called Oreillons --
XVII. Arrival of Candide and his valet at El Dorado, and what they saw there --
XVIII. What they saw in the country of El Dorado --
XIX. What happened to them at Surinam and how Candide got acquainted with Martin --
XX. What happened at sea to Candide and Martin --
XXI. Candide and Martin, reasoning, draw near the coast of France --
XXII. What happened in France to Candide and Martin --
XXIII. Candide and Martin touched upon the coast of England, and what they saw there --
XXIV. Of Paquette and Father Girofleé --
XXV. The visit to Lord Pococurante, a noble Venetian --
XXVI. Of a supper which Candide and Martin took with six strangers, and who they were --
XXVII. Candide's voyage to Constantinople --
XXVIII. What happened to Candide, Cunegonde, Pangloss, Martin, etc. --
XXIX. How Candide found Cunegonde and the Old Woman again --
XXX. The conclusion --
Notes to the Text.
Series Title: Dover thrift editions.
Other Titles: Candide.
Responsibility: Voltaire.
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