Candide (1759): and Other Poetic and Philosophical Writings
One of the most important and popular novels of ideas ever published, "Candide" is now available in an edition that contextualizes it in the history ... Show synopsis One of the most important and popular novels of ideas ever published, "Candide" is now available in an edition that contextualizes it in the history of philosophy. The philosophical problem of evil - that a supposedly good God could allow terrible human suffering - troubled the minds of eighteenth-century thinkers as it troubles us today. Voltaire's classic novel "Candide" relates the misadventures of a young optimist who leaves his sheltered childhood to find his way in a cruel and irrational world. Fast-paced and full of dark humor, the novel mocks the suggestion that 'all is well' and challenges us to create a better world. This Broadview Edition follows the text of a 1759 English translation that was released concurrently with Voltaire's first French edition. "Candide" is supplemented by Voltaire's most important poetic and humanistic writings on God and evil, the Poem upon the Destruction of Lisbon and We Must Take Sides. The editor's introduction situates the novel in its philosophical and intellectual setting; the appendices include other writings by Voltaire, as well as related writings by Bayle, Leibniz, Pope, Rousseau, and others that place the work in its poetic, philosophical, and humanistic contexts. This text is the first English translation. Its appendices are designed to illuminate the philosophical issues raised in the text with contemporary writings by Voltaire and other philosophers. Its lively, readable introduction provides a thorough biographical, historical, and philosophical background for the novel and its reception.