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Realizing that Candide (1759) would offend the upper classes, Voltaire did not acknowledge that he was the author when it was first published. Instead, Voltaire gave the book a fictitious subtitle that read, “Translated from the German of Dr. Ralph, with the additions found in the doctor’s pocket when he died at Minden, in the year of grace 1759.” Candide proved to be a huge success with more than 40 editions appearing in the first 30 years after publication.