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Candide - 99 edition

Candide - 99 edition

ISBN13: 9780312148546

ISBN10: 0312148542

Candide by Francois-Marie Arouet Voltaire and Daniel  Translator Gordon - ISBN 9780312148546
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Bedford Books
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Candide by Francois-Marie Arouet Voltaire and Daniel  Translator Gordon - ISBN 9780312148546

ISBN13: 9780312148546

ISBN10: 0312148542

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 99

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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

Table of Contents


Part I. Introduction: The Paradoxes of Voltaire

The Duality of Voltaire
Voltaire and the Old Regime
Absolute Monarchy
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


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

Index of Key Concepts

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