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Contes

Nearly all of Voltaire’s famous contes have already been published in the Complete Works of Voltaire:

  • Le Crocheteur borgne and Cosi-Sancta (vol.1B),
  • Le Comte de Boursoufle (vol.14),
  • Le Songe de Platon (vol.17),
  • Micromégas (vol.20C),
  • Le Monde comme il vaZadig and Memnon (vol.30B),
  • Lettre d’un Turc (vol.32A),
  • Histoire des voyages de Scarmentado and Les Deux consolés (vol.45B),
  • Candide (vol.48),
  • Histoire d’un bon bramin (vol.49A),
  • Pot-pourri (vol.52),
  • Jeannot et Colin and Le Blanc et le noir (vol.57B),
  • L’Ingénu (vol.63C),
  • L’Homme aux quarante écus and La Princesse de Babylone (vol.66),
  • Les Lettres d’Amabed (vol.70A),
  • Le Taureau blanc (vol.74A),
  • Aventure de la mémoire (vol.75A),
  • Eloge historique de la raisonHistoire de Jenni and Les Oreilles du comte de Chesterfield (vol.76).

The remaining contes will be published soon: Petite digression and Aventure indienne (vol.60B, forthcoming 2018).

Enhanced edition of Candide

René Pomeau’s definitive critical edition of Candide serves as the basis for a free iPad app. New features include high-resolution images of the manuscript preserved at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, illustrations from the eighteenth to the twentieth century and a reading by Denis Podalydès. Students will appreciate the two levels of editorial note (‘discovery’ and ‘research’) and the ‘Garden’ where they can share their work.

Available from iTunes (Candide, the enhanced edition) and at candide.bnf.fr.

Watch the video tour to find out more.

Read Candide app-eal, our blog post about the app, or a slightly different version with the same title for students and teachers of Years 11 to 13 on the blog Adventures on the bookshelf.