Synopses & Reviews
is the most famous of Voltaire's "philosophical tales," in which he combined witty improbabilities with the sanest of good sense. First published in 1759, it was an instant bestseller and has come to be regarded as one of the key texts of the Enlightenment. What Candide
does for chivalric romance, the other tales in this selection--Micromegas, Zadig, The Ingenu
, and The White Bull
--do for science fiction, the Oriental tale, the sentimental novel, and the Old Testament. The most extensive one-volume selection currently available, this new edition includes a new verse translation of the story Voltaire based on Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Tale: What Pleases the Ladies
and opens with a revised introduction that reflects recent critical debates, including a new section on Candide.
About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
About the Author
In addition to Voltaire, Roger Pearson has translated Zola, La Bête humaine
, and Maupassant, A Life
for OWC, and Zola's Germinal
Table of Contents
The White Bull
What Pleases the Ladies