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François-Marie Arouet, writing under the pseudonym Voltaire, was born in 1694 into a Parisian bourgeois family. Educated by Jesuits, he was an excellent pupil but one quickly enraged by dogma. An early rift with his father—who wished him to study law—led to his choice of letters as a career. Insinuating himself into court circles, he became notorious for lampoons on leading notables and was twice imprisoned in the Bastille.
By his mid-thirties his literary activities precipitated a four-year exile in England where he won the praise of Swift and Pope for his political tracts. His publication, three years later in France, of Lettres philosophiques sur les Anglais (1733)—an attack on French Church and State—forced him to flee again. For twenty years Voltaire lived chiefly away from Paris. In this, his most prolific period, he wrote such satirical tales as “Zadig” (1747) and “Candide” (1759). His old age at Ferney, outside Geneva, was made bright by his adopted daughter, “Belle et Bonne,” and marked by his intercessions in behalf of victims of political injustice. Sharp-witted and lean in his white wig, impatient with all appropriate rituals, he died in Paris in 1778—the foremost French author of his day.
This book is a compilation of Voltaire's best satirical stories. I love his sense of humor and the fact that many of the themes he addressed in the 18th century are still relevant... Read morePublished 5 months ago by t casey
I've only read CANDIDE--but how can any book that the Catholic Church placed on its Index of Forbidden Books and the fiercely anti-Catholic Swiss Protestants ordered burned be... Read morePublished 7 months ago by K. Connell
funny and entertaining book. i needed this book for a required class that i took one year ago. it came as soon as possible and was in good condition.Published 13 months ago by Sehrah
Well packaged and promptly shipped, at a very low price. This is the only translation of Zadig that is accurate, and reproduces the French in timbre and tone, as well as content. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's a classic, a satire and adventure all rolled up into one. Voltaire at his inventive best! What more can be said or needs to be said.Published 21 months ago by cookhound
"Candide" was written by a Frenchman, known as Voltaire, in the 18th Century. It is about Candide, a naive or simpleminded young man who is kicked out of the Baron's residence in... Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by Aryeh S
I have read Candide before. Without hesitation, I claim it is one of the two best satires I've read in my life (the other being A Connecticut Yankee by Mark Twain). Read morePublished on May 11, 2011 by tk