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Candide

Candide - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312218164

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ISBN13: 978-0312218164
ISBN10: 0312218168
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Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Bedford Books
Published: 1999
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Candide - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312218164

Francois-Marie Arouet Voltaire and Daniel Translator Gordon

ISBN13: 978-0312218164
ISBN10: 0312218168
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Bedford Books

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

Candide, Voltaire's biting portrayal of eighteenth-century European society, is a central text of the Enlightenment and essential reading for history students today. Preserving the text's provocative nature, Daniel Gordon's new translation enhances Candide's read-ability and highlights the text's wit and satire for twentieth-century readers. The introduction places the work and its author in historical context, showing students how the complexities of Voltaire's life relate to the events, philosophy, and characters of Candide. A related documents section - with personal correspondence to and from Voltaire - gives students another lens through which to view this influential thinker. Helpful editorial features include explanatory notes throughout the text and a chronology of Voltaire's life.

Author Bio

Gordon, Daniel : University of Massachusetts

Daniel Gordon (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is an associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has also taught at Harvard University and Stanford University. He has served on the editorial staff of The Journal of the History of Ideas and Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture. His publications, including Citizens without Sovereignty (1994), deal with the Enlightenment and the history of Enlightenment scholarship in the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface

Part I. Introduction: The Paradoxes of Voltaire

The Duality of Voltaire
Voltaire and the Old Regime
Absolute Monarchy
Nobility
Religion
Candide, or Optimism
The Unhappy Voltaire
Voltaire against Leibniz
Ridicule, Sex, Irony
Note on Voltaire's Vocabulary and the Present Translation


Part II. The Document

Candide, or Optimism


Part III. Related Documents

Voltaire, Letter to Catherine Olympe du Noyer, November 28, 1713
Voltaire, Letter to Frederick, Crown Prince of Prussia, October 15, 1737
Voltaire, Letter to François Thomas Marie de Baculard d'Arnaud, October 14, 1749
Voltaire, Letter to Jean Robert Tronchin, November 24, 1755
Omer Joly de Fleury, Letter to Henry Léonard Jean-Baptiste Bertin, February 24, 1759
Voltaire, Letter to Gabriel and Philibert Cramer, February 25, 1759
Elie Fréron, Review of Candide, 1759


Appendices

A Voltaire Chronology (1694-1791)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography


Index of Key Concepts

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