Manon Lescaut

Paperback | April 1, 1992

byAbbe PrevostTranslated byLeonard TancockIntroduction byJean Sgard

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A devastating depiction of obsessive love and a haunting portrait of a captivating but dangerous woman

When the young Chevalier des Grieux first sets eyes on the exquisitely beautiful and charming Manon Lescaut they fall passionately in love. But his happiness turns to bitter despair when he discovers that Manon is mercenary and immoral, and has taken a rich lover to pay for their life of pleasure. A broken man, he swears to stay away from her, but cannot. Just as the Chevalier is helpless to end their relationship, so Manon is incapable of giving up the source of her income, and the lovers enter a destructive cycle that can only end in tragedy. Manon Lescaut (1731) is a devastating depiction of obsessive love and a haunting portrait of a captivating but dangerous woman.

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 Written by Abbé Prévost in under a month and a half, this book is a classic in the literature of love. It tells the story of the gallant, passionate Chevalier des Grieux, who enters into the service of Manon, who torments him with the fickleness of her affections. Now, almost three centuries after it was first written, Manon Lescaut e...

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A devastating depiction of obsessive love and a haunting portrait of a captivating but dangerous womanWhen the young Chevalier des Grieux first sets eyes on the exquisitely beautiful and charming Manon Lescaut they fall passionately in love. But his happiness turns to bitter despair when he discovers that Manon is mercenary and immoral...

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When the young Chevalier des Grieux first sets eyes on the exquisitely beautiful and charming Manon Lescaut they fall passionately in love. But his happiness turns to bitter despair when he discovers that Manon is mercenary and immoral, and has taken a rich lover to pay for their life of pleasure. A broken man, he swears to stay away f...

Antoine-Francois Prevost was born in 1697. Educated by the Jesuits, he entered the army, later returning to the Jesuits, before becoming a Benedictine monk with the congregation of Saint-Maur. However, his taste for the wordly life led him to flee the cloister in 1728 after which he spent the next six years in exile in Holland. He b...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.75 × 5.1 × 0.49 inPublished:April 1, 1992Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140445595

ISBN - 13:9780140445596

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

Manon LescautIntroduction
Bibliography
Translator's Note

Manon Lescaut

Part I
Part II
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From Our Editors

 Written by Abbé Prévost in under a month and a half, this book is a classic in the literature of love. It tells the story of the gallant, passionate Chevalier des Grieux, who enters into the service of Manon, who torments him with the fickleness of her affections. Now, almost three centuries after it was first written, Manon Lescaut enthralls readers with the story of the Chevalier’s devotion ... and his hopeless courtship of one the great femmes fatales.