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    Candide (Barnes & Noble Classics (Paperback)) (Paperback) By (author) Voltaire, Edited by Gita May, Translated by Henry Morley

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    Description"Candide," by Voltaire, is part of the "Barnes & Noble Classics"" "series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of "Barnes & Noble Classics" New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. "Barnes & Noble Classics "pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.One of the finest satires ever written, Voltaire's "Candide" savagely skewers this very "optimistic" approach to life as a shamefully inadequate response to human suffering. The swift and lively tale follows the absurdly melodramatic adventures of the youthful Candide, who is forced into the army, flogged, shipwrecked, betrayed, robbed, separated from his beloved Cunegonde, and tortured by the Inquisition. As Candide experiences and witnesses calamity upon calamity, he begins to discover that--contrary to the teachings of his tutor, Dr. Pangloss--all is perhaps not always for the best. After many trials, travails, and incredible reversals of fortune, Candide and his friends finally retire together to a small farm, where they discover that the secret of happiness is simply "to cultivate one's garden," a philosophy that rejects excessive optimism and metaphysical speculation in favor of the most basic pragmatism.Filled with wit, intelligence, and an abundance of dark humor, "Candide" is relentless and unsparing in its attacks upon corruption and hypocrisy--in religion, government, philosophy, science, and even romance. Ultimately, this celebrated work says that it is possible to challenge blind optimism without losing the will to live and pursue a happy life.Gita May is Professor of French at Columbia University. She has published extensively on the French Enlightenment, eighteenth-century aesthetics, the novel and autobiography, and women in literature, history, and the arts.


 

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    Title
    Candide
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Voltaire, Edited by Gita May, Translated by Henry Morley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 136 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781593080280
    ISBN 10: 159308028X
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: CLA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    DC21: 843.5
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
    DC22: 843/.5
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC classification: PQ2082.C3 E5 2003
    Thema V1.0: FBC
    Publisher
    Fine Communications,US
    Imprint name
    Fine Communications,US
    Publication date
    01 December 2003
    Publication City/Country
    New York