Deserving brief notice also is the Essai sur les meurs

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Unformatted text preview: Deserving brief notice also is the Essai sur les meurs (1753-56), which Voltaire began writing during the Cirey period. This work was an attempt, rather successful in consideration of the time in which it was written, to produce a universal history. M. Morize ( Candide, 1913) stated that the abstract generalizations of the Essai become persons and incidents in the philosophical tale. For example, the Essai includes material on the French colonies in America; the Jesuits in South America; the Anabaptists; the treatment of captured Christians by the Moors; and comparable material. Indeed, throughout Candide are found details the origin of which may be traced to the earlier work. As regards Candide, the source hunters have been indefatigable, citing earlier narratives that, in one way or another, have affinities with the philosophical and/or satirical tale. These include the way or another, have affinities with the philosophical and/or satirical tale....
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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