Candide and Related Texts

Hackett Publishing, 2000 M03 10 - 190 páginas
David Wootton’s scalpel-sharp translation of Candide features a brilliant Introduction, a map of Candide’s travels, and a selection of those writings of Voltaire, Leibniz, Pope and Rousseau crucial for fully appreciating this eighteenth-century satiric ma

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Voltaire has the ability to reach out to the contemporary reader, despite the centuries and language differences. In Candide, he explores a complex world of duality, questions traditions (e.g., model of the church, gender roles, and religious stereotypes), and understands our individual roles in this environment. His sense of humor resonates throughout the work, and his sarcasm particularly pierces the church, the institution of marriage, the then popular philosophy of optimism (man is always motivated by goodness), and aristocracy. The reader gets a sense that many of the experiences mirror that of the author. This is a tremendous work because it forces us to question our social roles and how they mesh with our life expectations--still a relevant task today. 

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Candide or Optimism
Leibniz Metaphysics Summarized
Pope Essay on Man 173334 Selections
Rousseau versus Voltaire
Poem on the Lisbon Disaster
JeanJacques Rousseau Letter to Voltaire on Optimism 18 August 1756
The History of the Travels of Scarmentado Written by Himself 1756
Voltaires Correspondence
Well All Is from the Portable Philosophical Dictionary 1764
Wives Obey Your Husbands
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David Wootton is Anniversary Professor of History, University of York.

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