Choderlos de Laclos

Laclos, Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de

Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos (pyĕr äNbrwäz´ fräNswä´ shôdĕrlō´ də läklō´), 1741–1803, French novelist and general, known as Choderlos de Laclos. He is best known for Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782; tr. Dangerous Connections, 1784, and Dangerous Acquaintances, 1924), a novel in letter form of cynical seduction whose savage tone contrasted with the vogue for high moral sentiment established by Rousseau. Laclos was also the author of Poésies fugitives (1782) and collaborated on Galerie des États Généraux (1789). He commanded troops both under the Directory and under Napoleon.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Virtue, Gender, and the Authentic Self in Eighteenth-Century Fiction: Richardson, Rousseau, and Laclos
Christine Roulston.
University Press of Florida, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "'Le Langage Imite des Livres': Les Liaisons Dangereuses"
More Classics Revisited
Bradford Morrow; Kenneth Rexroth.
New Directions Books, 1989
Librarian’s tip: "Choderlos de Laclos: Dangerous Acquaintances" begins on p. 75
Culture and Society in France, 1789-1848
F. W. J. Hemmings.
Peter Lang, 1987
Librarian’s tip: "Laclos: Les Liaisons Dangereuses" begins on p. 8
Rhetoric: Readings in French Literature
Michael Hawcroft.
Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Rhetoric and Sex in Laclos's Les Liaisons Dangereuses" begins on p. 125
Terrible Sociability: The Text of Manners in Laclos, Goethe, and James
Susan Winnett.
Stanford University, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Les Liaisons Dangereuses: The Endgames of Mondanite"
The Novel in France: Mme de la Fayette, Laclos, Constant, Stendhal, Balzac, Flaubert, Proust
Martin Turnell.
New Directions, 1951
Librarian’s tip: "Choderlos de Laclos and the Liaisons Dangereuses" begins on p. 49
The Authority of Experience: Sensationist Theory in the French Enlightenment
John C. O'Neal.
Pennsylvannia State University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "The Perversion of Sensationism in Laclos and Sade"
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