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Candide by Voltaire

Candide, ou l'Optimisme is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been widely translated, with English versions titled Candide: or, All for the Best (1759); Candide: or, The Optimist (1762); and Candide: Optimism (1947). It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism by his mentor, Professor Pangloss. The work describes the abrupt cessation of this lifestyle, followed by Candide's slow and painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world. Voltaire concludes with Candide, if not rejecting Leibnizian optimism outright, advocating a deeply practical precept, "we must cultivate our garden", in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra of Pangloss, "all is for the best" in the "best of all possible worlds". (from wikipedia.org)

Candide by Voltaire


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Candide by Voltaire
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Candide, ou l'Optimisme (1759)
By Voltaire, translated by Tobias Smollett. A picaresque novel by the Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire. Voltaire never openly admitted to having written the controversial Candide ...
Candide by Voltaire
Translated by William F. Fleming. The text of this work is in the "Public Domain" in Australia. Table of Contents. 1. How Candide was brought up in a magnificent castle and how he was driven thence. ...
Candide
By Voltaire, 1694-1778. Collection: Opensource. Language: English. Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2011. Quality Paperback Book Club New York.
Candide
By Voltaire, 1694-1778; Paul Klee, 1879-1940. Publisher: New York: Pantheon. Digitizing Sponsor: Getty Research Institute. Contributor: Getty Research Institute.

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Candide by Voltaire
LibriVox recording of Candide by Voltaire. (Translated by Philip Littell.). Read in English by John Van Stan. Ever since 1759, when Voltaire wrote "Candide" in ridicule of the notion that this is the best of all possible worlds, ...
Candide by Voltaire
LibriVox recording of Candide by Voltaire. Read by LibriVox Volunteers. Candide, ou l'Optimisme, ("Candide, or Optimism") (1759) is a picaresque novel by the Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire. ...
Candide by Voltaire
Librivox recording of Candide by Voltaire. Read by Ted Delorme. Candide is a relentless, brutal assault on government, society, religion, education, and, above all, optimism. ...