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Exhibitions: On Voltaire and "Candide" - A Discussion with Dr. Paul LeClerc

October 28, 2009

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Voltaire's tale of the youth Candide's trials, travels, and misadventures as he searches for his beloved Cunegonde was a publishing sensation in Europe in 1759. The satirical treatments of religion, sexuality, and authority made Candide both a target of censorship by the Vatican as well as a hugely popular underground success.

In this in depth discussion, Dr. Paul LeClerc, president of The New York Public Library, talks about his first encounter with the book, the first Random House publication of Candide, and Voltaire's relevance today. This video is part of the exhibition Candide at 250: Scandal and Success.