Illustration by Rockwell Kent from: Voltaire. Candide. New York: Random House, 1928. NYPL, Rare Book Division. By Permission of the Plattsburgh State Art Museum, The Rockwell Kent Gallery & Collection.
On its first publication, in 1759, Candide was a sensation — banned, pirated, and talked about all over Europe. And people are still talking!
Enjoy this in-depth discussion of a staple in the canon of Western literature with Dr. Paul LeClerc, President of The New York Public Library. Dr. LeClerc talks about his first encounter with Candide, the 1928 Random House edition of the classic (the first book published under the firm's imprint), and Voltaire's relevance today.
More multimedia coming soon! — including programming from LIVE from the NYPL and more highlights celebrating the 250th anniversary of the first edition of Voltaire's immortal tale.