Make your own free website on Tripod.com
World Literature from 1660
Voltaire
Home
Modernism
Da-Da
Da-da poetry: Kurt Schwitters
Da-da Poetry: Paul Eluard
Wallace Stevens
T.S. Eliot
Beckett: Absurdity
Contemporary/Post Modernism
Doris Lessing
Gabrieal Garcia Marquez
Alain Robbe-Grillet
Leslie Marmion Silko
The Enlightenment
Moliere
Moliere's Tartuffe
Swift
Swift: Gulliver's Travels
Pope
Pope: "Essay on Man"
Voltaire
Reading Assignments
Romanticism

Voltaire (1694-1778)

 

Voltaire statuette by Wedgwood
voltaire_wedgwood.jpg
Based on a figure by Rosset, ca. 1777

In Candide, Voltaire reduces the German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz's philosophy to the basic, over-simplified idea that "Everything is best in this the best of all possible worlds."