Candide Or Optimism

ISBN-10: 0140455108
ISBN-13: 9780140455106
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $13.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 2/24/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Brought up in the household of a powerful Baron, Candide finds himself cast out when his love for the Baron's daughter is made known. So he and his various companions begin a breathless tour of Europe, South America and Asia, as an outrageous series of disasters befalls them.

Born in Paris the son of a government official, Francois-Marie Arouet was educated at the College Louis-le-Grand, a Jesuit seminary. He was educated to be a lawyer, but the had no taste for the law. When he was sent to Holland as a diplomat, an unwise love affair caused him to be sent back quickly to France. Shortly after returning, he was charged with writing a scathing satire of the nobility and was sent to prison for 11 months. While there, he assumed the name Voltaire and continued his writing. Throughout his life, Voltaire was a progressive thinker and an opponent of political and religious oppression. He was instrumental in popularizing philosophical, religious, and scientific ideas that were frequently derived from liberal thinkers in England, where he lived for two years after his imprisonment. Probably more than anything else, Voltaire can be characterized as a "liberator," fighting always for man's freedom. Despite his many works of philosophy, plays , and political essays, Voltaire is best known to twentieth-century readers as the author of the novel Candide (1759), a masterpiece of satire on the overly optimistic views of the German philosopher Leibniz, for whom "all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds" Candide, which has been called "a philosophical romance" was made into a musical by American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein and played successfully in New York City on Broadway.

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