Take a visual journey through Voltaire's Candide




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.

Translation adapted from the edition of Candide published by Boni & Liveright (New York) in 1918.

Picturesque Journeys: 
An Evolving Digital Narrative 

On the Road with Candide uses The New York Public Library’s on-site exhibition Candide at 250: Scandal and Success as a jumping-off point for a unique online journey … inviting the involvement of students, scholars, artists, and more. Check out a new kind of pick-and-choose visual storytelling, plus a "Candide Journey" project created in Google Maps by Brooklyn 10th graders. One of the first journeys you can choose takes you through the great American illustrator Rockwell Kent's edition of Candide from 1928 (the first book published under the Random House imprint). See how the Internet helps bring to life this 250-year-old text, with all its raciness, for today’s audiences. 

Other highlights of this digital project include:

Do-It-Yourself Candide, in which visual artists and writers contribute their own visions of Voltaire's brilliant satire. 

A multimedia section, including a video of NYPL President Paul LeClerc discussing Voltaire's relevance today.  

All Possible Worlds, featuring blog posts from a rotating all-star roster of NYPL curators and guest writers discussing the many paths Candide has taken through the popular and scholarly imagination. 

Candide Digital Edition, a full electronic edition of the book in which commissioned readers and the general public can post digital marginalia alongside Voltaire’s text.  

Translation adapted from the edition of Candide published by Boni & Liveright (New York) in 1918.