Originally published in 1759, this early work by French philosopher Voltaire is both expensive and hard to find in its first edition. It is a satirical novella about a young man losing his optimism under the pressures and hardships of the world. This seminal work is highly recommended and a must have for all readers of philosophy. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.