Voltaire Candide

ISBN-10: 0140440046
ISBN-13: 9780140440041
Edition: 2000
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Book details

List price: $12.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/30/1950
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

A leading freethinker of his time and an opponent of political and religious oppression, Voltaire was instrumental in popularizing serious philosophical, religious, and scientific ideas that were frequently derived from liberal thinkers in England, where he lived for two years after his imprisonment in the Bastille. Voltaire's writings are wide ranging: He wrote plays in the neoclassic style, such as Oedipus (1718), philosophical essays in a popular vein like Letters on England (1734), which has been referred to as the first bomb hurled against the Ancien Regime; and the Philosophical Dictionary (1764), a catalog of polemical ideas on a large variety of subjects, particularly religion and philosophy. Voltaire was one of the most prolific letter writers in the entire history of literature, and his correspondence has been published in a French edition of 107 volumes. For the twentieth-century reader, Voltaire is best known for his philosophical tale Candide (1759), a masterpiece of satire that is both an attack on the philosophy of metaphysical optimism elaborated earlier in the century by the German philosopher Leibniz and a compendium of the abuses of the Ancien Regime as the author ponders the general problem of evil. Voltaire's unflinching belief in human reason and his easy handling of the language of Enlightenment wit and philosophy led the critic Roland Barthes to dub him "the last happy writer."

Introduction
Candide or Optimism
How Candide was brought up in a beautiful country house, and how he was driven away
What happened to Candide amongst the Bulgars
How Candide escaped from the Bulgars, and what happened to him afterwards
How Candide met his old tutor, Dr. Pangloss, and what came of it
Describing tempest, shipwreck, and earthquake, and what happened to Dr. Pangloss, Candide, and James, the Anabaptist
How a magnificent auto-da-fe was staged to prevent further earthquakes, and how Candide was flogged
How an old woman took care of Candide, and how he found the lady he loved
Cunegonde's story
Relating further adventures of Cunegonde, Candide, the Grand Inquisitor, and the Jew
Describing the distressing circumstances in which Candide, Cunegonde, and the old woman reached Cadiz, and how they set sail for the new world
The old woman's story
The old woman's misfortunes continued
How Candide was forced to leave the lovely Cunegonde and the old woman
The reception Candide and Cacambo met with from the Jesuits of Paraguay
How Candide killed the brother of his beloved Cunegonde
The adventures of our two travellers with two girls and two monkeys, and what happened to them amongst the savage Oreillons
How Candide and his servant reached the country of Eldorado and what they saw there
What they saw in the country of Eldorado
What happened to them at Surinam, and how Candide made the acquaintance of Martin
What happened to Candide and Martin at sea
What Candide and Martin discussed as they approached the coast of France
What happened to Candide and Martin in France
Candide and Martin reach the coast of England, and what they see there
About Pacquette and Brother Giroflee
A visit to Count Pococurante, a noble Venetian
How Candide and Martin supped with six strangers, and who they were
Candide's journey to Constantinople
What happened to Candide, Cunegonde, Pangloss, Martin, and the rest
How Candide found Cunegonde and the old woman once more
Conclusion

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