Gardeners: commissioned annotators of Candide 2.0


This list will grow in the coming weeks leading toward April 25 when the project concludes.

ALICE BOONE is the curator of Candide at 250: Scandal and Success, running through April 25, 2010 at the New York Public Library, and also editor of the Candide networked edition. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
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JUSTINE BROWN studied literature at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and at the University of Toronto, where she earned an M.A. She has engaged the subject of utopias from a number of angles, and is principally interested in the connection between utopia and imagination. Her books include All Possible Worlds: Utopian Experiments in British Columbia and Hollywood Utopia. She lives in London.
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NICHOLAS CRONK is director of the Voltaire Foundation and professor of French literature in the University of Oxford. He is also general editor of the Complete works of Voltaire: this edition, due for completion in 2018, is the first ever complete scholarly edition of Voltaire and will number some 200 volumes. He has recently edited The Cambridge Companion to Voltaire (Cambridge University Press, 2009). www.voltaire.ox.ac.uk
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NICOLE HOREJSI is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, specializing in eighteenth-century British literature and culture. She is particularly interested in romance and epic in the eighteenth century, the drama, oriental tales, feminist theory, and eighteenth-century engagements with classical, especially Roman, antiquity, as well as the voluminous seventeenth-century French romances written by authors such as Scudéry and La Calprenède. She has published articles in Eighteenth-Century Studies and Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theater Research, and her current project, Retelling Neoclassicism: The Limits of the Classical Tradition in the Eighteenth Century, explores the ways in which eighteenth-century authors rewrote their classical heritage to more egalitarian and democratic ends.
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JAMES MORROW’s recent novels include The Last Witchfinder, an historical extravaganza about the birth of the Enlightenment, and The Philosopher’s Apprentice, in which a failed graduate student must download the history of Western ethics into the mind of a clone. He is hard at work on a period epic tentatively titled Galapagos Regained, concerning a Victorian actress who finds herself obligated to recapitulate Charles Darwin’s momentous voyage. In Jim’s words, “My heroine has many Candide-like adventures and misadventures along the way.” www.jamesmorrow.net, james-morrow.livejournal.com
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STANTON WOOD, a playwright and narrative designer, is a resident artist at Rabbit Hole Ensemble. His play The Night of Nosferatu was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award in 2008, and he is the recipient of the Urban Stages Emerging Playwright Award, as well as several interactive game design awards. Other plays include Big Thick Rod, The Snow Queen, Ramona’s Kidnapper, and Mr. Hoover’s Tea Party. Candide Americana, his modern adaptation of Voltaire’s Candide, was produced by Rabbit Hole Ensemble this past year; Leonard Jacobs, writing in Back Stage, called it “one of the best possible versions of Candide I’ve seen.”
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