October 11, 2005
October 11, 2005
A flamboyant and controversial personality of enormous wit and intelligence, Voltaire remains one of the most influential figures of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment. Candide, his masterpiece, is a brilliant satire of the theory that our world is “the best of all possible worlds.” The book traces the picaresque adventures of the guileless Candide, who is forced into the army, flogged, shipwrecked, betrayed, robbed, separated from his beloved Cunegonde, tortured by the Inquisition, et cetera, all without losing his resilience and will to live and pursue a happy life.
This Modern Library edition, published to celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of Random House,
is a facsimile of the first book ever released under the Random House colophon. It includes the timeless illustrations by Rockwell Kent, a twentieth-century artist whose wit and genius serve as a counterpart and compliment to Voltaire’s.
From the Hardcover edition.
This inside of this book is the familiar, classic tale of the innocent Candide and his travels, translated from the French by Theo Cuffe. What sets this edition apart is the cover, where quirky cartoonist Chris Ware quickly and hilariously sketches the cast of characters, the plot, and the major themes of the story in a few panels.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Classics, Religion + Beliefs, Disasters, Settings, Human Qualities + Behavior, Literary, Types of Characters, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Conflicts + Dualities, Love + Relationships + Sex
- Language: English
- Author: Voltaire
- Online Item #: 11693092
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-15-9638
- ISBN: 9780812972016
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported