Brave New World

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Brave New World's title derives from Miranda's speech in William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Act V, Scene I:[5]

O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't.

— William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act V, Scene I, ll. 203–206[6]

Translations of the title often allude to similar expressions used in domestic works of literature: the French edition of the work is entitled Le Meilleur des mondes (The Best of All Worlds), an allusion to an expression used by the philosopher Gottfried Leibniz[7] and satirised in Candide, Ou l'Optimisme by Voltaire (1759).


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