Literary Touchstone Classic


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Author(s): Voltaire
Page Length: 128
Copyright: 2006
Weight: 0.37 lbs.
Item Code: 301687
ISBN: 9781580491624
ISBN-10: 1580491626

Voltaire's 1759 satiric attack, Candide, mocked the Enlightenment notion that this is the best of all possible worlds and that suffering is merely the result of free will. Through the misadventures of philosopher and teacher, Dr. Pangloss, and his naïve student Candide, as they travel the world—fleeing invasions, earthquakes, pirates, and brutal executions—we learn that the true meaning of life is to "cultivate your garden." One of the world's most widely read classics, Candide is as rich and relevant today as it was when Voltaire wrote it.

Our Literary Touchstone Classics are unabridged, complete texts, and come with unbelievable prices. Each book is a value-priced, high-quality trade paperback, which you will receive for at least 50% off retail.

Your students will benefit from:

  • Reading pointers highlighting themes and providing background;
  • Line numbers and sidebar notes in every Shakespeare play;
  • A glossary defining difficult vocabulary and allusions;
  • Prices so low that students can annotate their own books.

Our books are made in America; we always use sturdy bindings and premium paper in order to ensure that you get the most out of your Literary Touchstone Classics. They are perfect for any classroom or library.

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