Candide and Other Works

Candide and Other Works

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With an Introduction and Notes by James Fowler, Senior Lecturer in French, University of Kent



Candide (1759) is a bright, colourful literary firework display of a novella. With sparkling wit and biting humour, Voltaire hits several targets with fierce and comic satire: organised religion, the overweening pride of aristocrats, merchants' greed, colonial ambition and the hopeless complacency of Leibnizian philosophy that believes 'all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds'. Through this rites of passage story, with his central character, Candide, a naive and impressionable young man, Voltaire attacks the social ills of his day, which remarkably remain as pertinent now as ever.




Zadig is a tale of love and detection. Edgar Allan Poe was inspired by this story when he created C. Auguste Dupin in 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', a story which established the modern detective fiction genre. The Ingenu recounts how a young man raised by Huron Indians discover the ways of Europe. Nanine is a sharp three act comedy concerned with marital dilemmas. In all these works Voltaire manages to combine humour with trenchant satire in a highly entertaining fashion.


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Details

Author(s)
Voltaire
Format
Paperback | 368 pages
Dimensions
1,290 x 1,980 x 150mm | 260g
Publication date
15 Jun 2014
Publisher
Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Publication City/Country
Herts, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
UK ed.
ISBN10
1840227303
ISBN13
9781840227307
Bestsellers rank
404,672