Manon Lescaut

Manon Lescaut

by Abbe Prevost
     
 

ISBN-10: 2253009849

ISBN-13: 9782253009849

Pub. Date: 01/28/1972

Publisher: Livre De Poche

The inspiration for three films and several operas, this classic of French literature is set in Regency Paris and Louisiana around 1720. A tragic love story, it's also an epic adventure story with three infidelities, three escapes, three abductions and two murders. The action spans two continents and a social range extending from the aristocracy to the social outcast…  See more details below

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The inspiration for three films and several operas, this classic of French literature is set in Regency Paris and Louisiana around 1720. A tragic love story, it's also an epic adventure story with three infidelities, three escapes, three abductions and two murders. The action spans two continents and a social range extending from the aristocracy to the social outcast, from pillars of the establishment to pimps and prostitutes.

Manon Lescaut's ambiguous love story has a transcendent significance: Is it a cautionary tale, warning of the dangers to which passion, blindly followed, can lead? Or does it illustrate the redemptive power of love? After all, Des Grieux's perseverance in his devotion to Manon eventually brings about a profound change of heart in her and seems to make possible a lasting happiness based on deep mutual affection. The ambiguity persists to the end, when death snatches that happiness away.

Author Biography: Abbe Prevost (1697-1763) had an eventful life, including time spent in an English prison for forgery. A soldier, priest and Protestant convert, he was also a journalist, pamphleteer, translator of Richardson's novels and, in his declining years, a hack writer. His prolific output of novels, biographies and histories has long since been forgotten, with the exception of Manon Lescaut, his masterpiece.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9782253009849
Publisher:
Livre De Poche
Publication date:
01/28/1972
Edition description:
French Edition
Pages:
249

Table of Contents

Manon LescautIntroduction
Bibliography
Translator's Note

Manon Lescaut

Part I
Part II
Notes

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