Candide Or Optimism (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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  • Edition: DELUXE
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-10-25
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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"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 readers who cannot understand French, and the introduction by Michael Wood should prove indispensable to all school children who haven't read the book and are cramming in homeroom before the test. All in all, it's a delightful little package, sure to be a favorite of fans of the enlightenment or despotic oligarchs seeking tips and tricks to increase their fan base."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

Fran+ºois-Marie Arouet (1694-û1778), who took the name Voltaire, was the universal genius of the Enlightenment. He was briefly committed to the Bastille for his satires and later exiled to England.

Theo Cuffe translated Voltaire-'s Microm+¬gas and Other Short Fictions for Penguin Classics.

Michael Wood is Straut Professor of English at Princeton. His books include The Magician-'s Doubt and The Road to Delphi.

Chris Ware, one of many artists whose work has appeared in Raw magazine, has drawn for many publications, including the New York Times Magazine. Ware-'s most well- known work includes Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth and his Acme Novelty Library series.

Table of Contents

Chronology vii
Introduction xi
Further Reading xxix
Translator's Note xxxii
A Note on the Text xxxiv
A Note on Names xxxvi
Candide, or Optimism
1. The alternative version of the opening of Chapter 22
2. Voltaire's Poem on the Lisbon Disaster
3. Entries from Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary
Notes 121

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