In a letter to Voltaire dated February 23

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In a letter to Voltaire dated February 23, 1759, Nicholas-Claude Theirot praised him as the "most  excellent author and inventor of quips and jests" and said that his "book is snatched from hand to  hand." Theirot went so far as to predict that Voltaire's work would live for a century and considered it  "more like Lucian, Rabelais, and Swift than all three put together." In the same year, Friedrich M.  Grimm expressed his views in a letter. He too appreciated the wit and gaiety in  Candide  but deplored  what he considered the author's bad taste, referring to the "vulgarity, indecent talk, and filth without  disguise to make them bearable." For him,  Candide  was no more than a  plaisanterie.  But for many  others, like Mme. de Staël, it was the serious work of a scoffing philosopher. The same division in critical estimates of the tale is to be found abroad. We have Boswell's word for 
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