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  • proper n. A novel by Voltaire (in which the protagonist shares his moniker with the title.)
  • proper n. The Operetta of the same name, by Leonard Bernstein.
  • proper n. A naïve and innocent person.


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  • Running around the track tonight, I found myself musing over the famous ironic expression by Voltaire in Candide: “pour encourager les autres.”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » “Pour encourager les autres”

  • James Morrow takes part in Candide 2.0, a "a complete online edition of the [Voltaire's] book in an innovative social format that enables readers to post digital marginalia alongside the text."

    February 2010

  • But no one called Candide's name, and she adds, telling her story without obvious emotion, "My voice was almost gone because I had been screaming and crying for days."


  • If it were not for "Candide" -- so stiff and stilted was the fashionable spirit of that age -- there would be little in

    Suspended Judgments Essays on Books and Sensations

  • Voltaire’s Candide is another example, a story that loosed a whole series of stinging little arrows at targets near the heart of state, church and contemporary philosophy.

    What’s The Fuss About Episodic Fiction? « Tales from the Reading Room

  • That’s true, but of course, Candide is out of copyright and Gibson is not. gerrycanavan

    Candide 2.0 « Gerry Canavan

  • More than that, though, Candide is one of those books I read as a teenager and could just never forget; it’s probably one of the ten novels most responsible for building my young leftist, atheist self …

    February « 2010 « Gerry Canavan

  • Humorist S.J. Perelman, who served for years as the New Yorker's resident curmudgeon, tried his hand at playwriting with this "Candide"-like satire about a naive young idealist who bangs his head against the rank commercialism and overall idiocy of postwar America.

    Seen Enough of Stanley Kowalski? Me, Too

  • Voltaire's parody of Leibnizian optimism in Candide.

    The Tests and the Brightest

  • (with due improvised skippings) of "Candide" -- comes up in conversation; and one reads it rejoicing with one's friends, feeling the special rapture of united comprehension, of mind touching mind, like the little thrill of voice touching voice on the resolving sevenths of the old duets in thirds.

    Hortus Vitae Essays on the Gardening of Life


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