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Candide

by Voltaire

|April 1, 1984

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Candide is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds." On the surface a witty, bantering tale, this eighteenth-century…read more

Candide

by Voltaire

|January 1, 1991

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Witty and caustic, Candide has ranked as one of the world's great satires since its first publication in 1759. In the story of the trials and travails of the youthful Candide, his mentor Dr. Pangloss, and a host of other characters, Voltaire mercilessly…read more

Candide: Or Optimism

by Voltaire

|August 20, 2014

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From A to Z, the Penguin Drop Caps series collects 26 unique hardcovers—featuring cover art by Jessica Hische It all begins with a letter. Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible and hardcover editions, each with a type…read more

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With its vibrant new translation, perceptive introduction, and witty packaging, this new edition of Voltaire’s masterpiece belongs in the hands of every reader pondering our assumptions about human behavior and our place in the world. Candide tells of the…read more

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Candide is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds." On the surface a witty, bantering tale, this eighteenth-century classic…read more

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Theo Cuffe's marvelous translation of Voltaire's satirical masterpiece With its vibrant new translation and perceptive introduction this new edition of Voltaire’s masterpiece belongs in the hands of every reader pondering our assumptions about human…read more

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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…read more

Treatise On Toleration

by Desmond M. Voltaire

|This title releases February 28, 2017

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One of the most important essays on religious tolerance and freedom of thought, a French bestseller in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks   In 1762 Jean Calas, a merchant from Toulouse, was executed after being falsely accused of killing his son. As it…read more

Candide: Or, Optimism

by Voltaire

|October 11, 2005

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In this splendid new translation of Voltaire’s satiric masterpiece, all the celebrated wit, irony, and trenchant social commentary of one of the great works of the Enlightenment is restored and refreshed. Voltaire may have cast a jaundiced eye on…read more

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"All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds"   It was the indifferent shrug and callous inertia that this "optimism" concealed which so angered Voltaire, who found the "all for the best" approach a patently inadequate response to suffering, to…read more

Candide

by Voltaire

|June 1, 2005

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Enriched Classics offer readers accessible editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and commentary. Each book includes educational tools alongside the text, enabling students and readers alike to gain a deeper and more developed…read more

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France’s most distinguished man of letters This essential collection from the genius Voltaire includes his masterpiece and best-known work Candide , as well as his novel Zadig and fourteen short stories: “Micromegas,” “The World as It…read more