Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Author: Christopher Hampton
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
The scandalous reputation of Laclos's novel, first published in 1782, is based on its chilling portrayal of the mannered decadence and sexual cynicism of the French aristocracy in the last years of the "ancien regime and a conspiracy to corrupt a young girl barely out of her convent.
Author: Choderlos de Laclos
Publisher: GoodBook Classics
The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make 'Les Liaisons dangereuses' (1782) one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. The subject of major film and stage adaptations, the novel's prime movers, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, form an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game - a game which they must win. Quotes from the book: “When one woman strikes at the heart of another, she seldom misses, and the wound is invariably fatal.” “Truth to tell, the longer I live, the more I'm tempted to think that the only moderately worthwhile people in the world are you and I.” “A man enjoys the happiness he feels, a woman the happiness she gives.” Readers' reviews: “I'm amazed, these two principal characters that are the very incarnations of malice have incredibly salient and correct anecdotes about love and the beauty of sex considering they use it to humiliate others.” (Tessa Concepcion, goodreads.com) “Only a country like France, which takes sex seriously with a smile, as Britain does snobbery with a snoot, could produce this ironic novel.” (Sketchbook, goodreads.com) “I think it was Kierkegaard who advised to be aware of entangling alliances. The web of sin in this book is masterfully woven as letters to frame-up an epistolary novel in which each character's letters speak volumes about the characters themselves.” (Robert Lentz, goodreads.com)
Une histoire choquante de la manipulation et de vengeance, Les Liaisons Dangereuses suit les schémas de la marquise du Merteuil contre son ancien amant, le vicomte de Valmont. La paire d'aristocrates vie pour la suprématie dans la manipulation des autres; employant la séduction et de tentation que leurs armes, leur but est de déshonorer les autres dans les yeux de la classe supérieure de la société française. Pour sa part, Merteuil est déterminé à ternir la réputation de la jeune Cécile, qui a jusqu'ici mené une vie pure dans un couvent. Les deux Cécile et son intérêt pour l'amour, la musique précepteur Chevalier Danceny, sont involontairement utilisés dans les régimes cruels de Merteuil et Valmont. Ce qui suit est une histoire de tension remplie d'amoralité, la tromperie, la jalousie et la honte. L'histoire est entièrement racontée à travers des correspondances entre les personnages, de sorte que le récit et les événements se déroulent. Ce format, qui imite la manière dont l'aristocratie française régnant communiquerait, a agi pour attiser encore la controverse et de la réaction au roman quand il a été publié à l'origine dans les années 1780.
Author: Pierre Choderlos De Laclos, Ernest Dowson
Publisher: Digireads.com Publishing
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos produced "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" in an effort to "write a work which departed from the ordinary, which made a noise, and which would remain on this earth after his death." He did just that. First published in 1782 in four volumes, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" was an immediate success, and has since inspired a large number of literary commentaries, plays, and films. The novel is an epistolary piece, written as letters between members of the French noble class. An egotistical battle for control ensues between the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, with the promise of sexual gratification to the victor. The primary victims are Cecile, a naive but pretty young girl, her admirer, the Chavelier Danceny, and Madame de Tourvel, a virtuous (and married) young woman. This scandalous web of sexual desire, intrigue, infidelity, the struggle for power, and the corruption of the French upper class is a masterpiece from one of the most subtle and skillful novelists of the 18th Century.
Author: Choderlos de Laclos
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
It is the story of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two rivals (and ex-lovers) who use seduction as a weapon to socially control and exploit others, all the while enjoying their cruel games and boasting about their manipulative talents. It has been claimed to depict the decadence of the French aristocracy shortly before the French Revolution, thereby exposing the perversions of the so-called Ancien Régime. However, it has also been described as an amoral story.
Author: Sophfronia Scott
In this vivid reimagining of the French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses, it’s the summer when Jackie Robinson breaks Major League Baseball’s color barrier and a sweltering stretch has Harlem’s elite fleeing the city for Westchester County’s breezier climes, two predators stalk amidst the manicured gardens and fine old homes. Heiress Mae Malveaux rules society with an angel’s smile and a heart of stone. She made up her mind long ago that nobody would decide her fate. To have the pleasure she craves, control is paramount, especially control of the men Mae attracts like moths to a flame. Valiant Jackson always gets what he wants—and he’s wanted Mae for years. The door finally opens for him when Mae strikes a bargain: seduce her virginal young cousin, Cecily, who is engaged to Frank Washington. Frank values her innocence above all else. If successful, Val’s reward will be a night with Mae. But Val secretly seeks another prize. Elizabeth Townsend is fiercely loyal to her church and her civil rights attorney husband. Certain there is something redeemable in Mr. Jackson. Little does she know that her worst mistake will be Val’s greatest triumph.
Author: David Deida
Publisher: Sounds True
Explore the Other Side of Enlightenment Does enlightenment have a dark side? It does, explains David Deida, but instead of closing to what seems unloving, we can learn to open as what we would rather avoid. In Instant Enlightenment, this maverick author and teacher offers a "rude awakening" through a collection of daring exercises and practices intended to provoke, challenge, and immediately reveal the ever-present "love that lives all things." Each pithy chapter encourages readers to blast the light of consciousness on the taboos we hide in shadow, from our ideas about sex and money to emotions and spirituality. Instant Enlightenment will surprise and possibly offend you—but it will lead you "fast and suddenly" to the realization of the sacred entirety of your experience. "Dive straight into this book. Open to any page and read for two minutes, and you'll see that you are instant enlightenment."—Ken Wilber, author of A Brief History of Everything
In this highly accessible introduction, Brian Nelson provides an overview of French literature - its themes and forms, traditions and transformations - from the Middle Ages to the present. Major writers, including Francophone authors writing from areas other than France, are discussed chronologically in the context of their times, to provide a sense of the development of the French literary tradition and the strengths of some of the most influential writers within it. Nelson offers close readings of exemplary passages from key works, presented in English translation and with the original French. The exploration of the work of important writers, including Villon, Racine, Molière, Voltaire, Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, Proust, Sartre and Beckett, highlights the richness and diversity of French literature.
Author: Mary Lindemann
Publisher: JHU Press
"Reconstructing the drama from the perspective of four principal players - the count, the baron, and Italian-French-Polish courtesan, Anna Maria Romellini, and Antoine Ventura de Sanpelayo, the Spanish consul in Hamburg - Lindemann explores the historical currents that swept these individuals together and the effects of their encounter on Hamburg's public, its government, and its diplomatic and economic relationships with European courts and states. Lindemann profiles each person involved in the crime, exploring their lives as unique sets of circumstances while analyzing them as eighteenth-century types.".
Author: Joan E. Dejean
Publisher: Princeton University Press
This highly original interpretation of the novel of the French Classical age explores military strategy as a central metaphor in Rousseau's Julie and Emile, Laclos' Les Liaisons dangereuses, and Sade's Les 120 Journees de Sodome. Originally published in 1984. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
The advent of the Internet has permeated every inch of our daily lives. Our social customs and every part of our very infrastructure have adapted to adopting connection through the information highway. This is especially evident in our new dating rituals and expectations. Everyday thousands of people who have adopted the 21st-century dating style and are finding connection via the Internet. Are you among them? Easier access to connection also means easier access to potential victims for emotional predators. This book introduces you to some of the characteristics to look for in order to spot these dangerous partners before they prey on your heart.
This collection of early works by Eliza Haywood includes the well-known novella Fantomina (1725) along with three other short, highly engaging Haywood works: The Tea-Table (1725), Reflections on the Various Effects of Love (1726), and Love-Letters on All Occasions (1730). In these writings, Haywood arouses the vicarious experience of erotic love while exploring the ethical and social issues evoked by sexual passion. This Broadview edition includes an introduction that focuses on Haywood’s life and career and on the status of prose fiction in the early eighteenth century. Also included are appendices of contextual materials from the period comprising writings by Haywood on female conduct, eighteenth-century pornography (from Venus in the Cloister), and a source text (Nahum Tate’s A Present for the Ladies).
Ce livre historique peut contenir de nombreuses coquilles et du texte manquant. Les acheteurs peuvent generalement telecharger une copie gratuite scannee du livre original (sans les coquilles) aupres de l'editeur. Non reference. Non illustre. 1903 edition. Extrait: ...furent assujeties aux travaux les plus penibles, et en recueillirent le inoins de fruit; les hommes etendirent bientot jusqu'a elles cette meme idee de propriete qui venoit de les seduire et de les rassembler; de cela seul qu'elles etoient a leur convenance et qu'ils avoient pu s'en saisir, ils en conclurent qu'elles leur appartenoient: telle fut en general l'origine du droit. Les femmes manquant de forces ne purent deffendre et conserver leur existence civille; compagnes de nom, elles devinrent bientot esclaves de fait, et esclaves malheureuses; leur sort ne dut guere etre meilleur que celui des noirs de nos colonies. Si l'on veut retrouver encore des vestiges sensibles de cet abus de force, que l'on considere un moment ces peuples encore grossiers que nous nommons sauvages, qui, reunis depuis peu de temps, ont deja perdu les avantages de l'etat de nature et n'ont pu pallier encore les premiers vices de la societe. C'est la que l'on voit les femmes chargees seulles des travaux les plus vils et les plus penibles, toujours excedees, souvent maltraitees, quelquefois tuees par des maitres, oisifs et capricieux, qui payent ainsi les soins qu'elles prennent d'eux, les substances qu'elles leur fournissent, et le plaisir qu'elles leur procurent; c'est ainsi que nous les voions encore aujourd'huy ramer comme nos forcats, sur les canots des Groenlandois, et soumises au meme traitement; enfin, a 40 ans, chez les Calmouques, d'etre les compagnes de leurs maris, et devenir les servantes de la maison et des jeunes...