Manon Lescaut

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"'The sweetness of her glance - or rather, my evil star already in its ascendant and drawing me to my ruin - did not allow me to hesitate for a moment...'" "So begins the story of Manon Lescaut, a tale of passion and betrayal, of delinquency and misalliance, which moves from early eighteenth-century Paris - with its theatres, assemblies, and gaming-houses - via prison and deportation to a tragic denouement in the treeless wastes of Louisiana. It is one of the great love stories, and also one of the most enigmatic: how reliable a witness if Des
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"'The sweetness of her glance - or rather, my evil star already in its ascendant and drawing me to my ruin - did not allow me to hesitate for a moment...'" "So begins the story of Manon Lescaut, a tale of passion and betrayal, of delinquency and misalliance, which moves from early eighteenth-century Paris - with its theatres, assemblies, and gaming-houses - via prison and deportation to a tragic denouement in the treeless wastes of Louisiana. It is one of the great love stories, and also one of the most enigmatic: how reliable a witness if Des Grieux, Manon's lover, whose tale he narrates? Is Manon a thief and a whore, the image of love itself, or a thoroughly modern woman? Prevost is careful to leave the ambiguities unresolved, and to lay bare the disorders of passion." This new translation includes the vignette and eight illustrations that were approved by Prevost and first published in the edition of 1753.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199554928
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/15/2009
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 521,463
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Angela Scholar edited the Oxford World's Classics edition of Confessions by Rousseau.

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Table of Contents

Manon Lescaut Introduction
Bibliography
Translator's Note

Manon Lescaut

Part I
Part II
Notes

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

    An acknowledged classic.

    A grand adventure set in an interesting time period. I had been curious about the portrayal of life in the very earliest days of Louisiana from the then contemporary French point of view, why it would be someplace to escape to and how hard or wonderful that might turn out to be, especially as a plot element. Of course, wrapping this adventure around a tortured love story doesn't hurt either. I also thought it would make an interesting movie, either as a period piece, or something entirely transposed to the modern world---like Clueless did with Jane Austen's Emma. Of course, Manon Lescaut's been done in a million versions across the centuries since it was published, but I think it could be once again fresh and exciting. Any filmmakers out there?

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