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HISTOIRE DE MANON LESCAUT - L'ABBE PREVOST

HISTOIRE DE MANON LESCAUT - L'ABBE PREVOST

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FEATURES:  HISTOIRE DE MANON LESCAUT   BY: L'ABBE PREVOST ILL. DE MAURICE LELOIR
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A) CONDITION BOOK:  GOOD - HARD COVER [HALF LEATHER]
B) CONDITION DUST JACKET: ABSENT [PROBABLY NONE ISSUED]
C) FIRST EDITION THUS [Or. 1731] - LIBRARIES CHARLES TALLANDIER PUBLISHING 1898
D) NOTE:  HALF LEATHER CHIPPED AT BASE OF SPINE. TEXT IN FRENCH. TWELVE COLOUR AND BLACK/WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS.  WOOD/STEEL ENGRAVED VIGNETTE ATOP EVERY PAGE! 206 PAGES. 
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BOOK GRADING CATEGORIES:
FINE
VERY GOOD
GOOD
FAIR
POOR
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About:
"The Story of the Chevalier des Grieux and Manon Lescaut Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux, et de Manon Lescaut is a novel by Antoine François Prévost. Published in 1731, it is the seventh and final volume of Mémoires et aventures d'un homme de qualité (Memoirs and Adventures of a Man of Quality). The story, set in France and Louisiana in the early eighteenth century, follows the hero, the Chevalier des Grieux, and his lover, Manon Lescaut. Controversial in its time, the work was banned in France upon publication. Despite this, it became very popular and pirated editions were widely distributed. In a subsequent 1753 edition, the Abbé Prévost toned down some scandalous details and injected more moralizing disclaimers.

Seventeen-year-old Des Grieux, studying philosophy at Amiens, comes from a noble and landed family, but forfeits his hereditary wealth and incurs the disappointment of his father by running away with Manon on her way to a convent. In Paris, the young lovers enjoy a blissful cohabitation, while Des Grieux struggles to satisfy Manon's taste for luxury. He acquires money by borrowing from his unwaveringly loyal friend Tiberge and by cheating gamblers. On several occasions, Des Grieux's wealth evaporates (by theft, in a house fire, etc.), prompting Manon to leave him for a richer man because she cannot stand the thought of living in penury."
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