Pierre Choderlos de Laclos


Born
in Amiens, France
October 18, 1741

Died
September 05, 1803

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Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos was a French novelist, official and army general, best known for writing the epistolary novel Les Liaisons dangereuses.

A unique case in French literature, he was for a long time considered to be as scandalous a writer as the Marquis de Sade or Nicolas-Edme Rétif. He was a military officer with no illusions about human relations, and an amateur writer; however, his initial plan was to "write a work which departed from the ordinary, which made a noise, and which would remain on earth after his death"; from this point of view he mostly attained his goals, with the fame of his masterwork Les Liaisons dangereuses . It is one of the masterpieces of novelistic literature of the 18th century, which explo
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Les Liaisons dangereuses

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Las Amistades Peligrosas, 1...

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Oeuvres complètes

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La plus dangereuse des lias...

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Oeuvres de Laclos

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Dangerous Liaisons

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More books by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos…
“When one woman strikes at the heart of another, she seldom misses, and the wound is invariably fatal.”
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses

“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.”
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses

“Humanity is not perfect in any fashion; no more in the case of evil than in that of good. The criminal has his virtues, just as the honest man has his weaknesses.”
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses

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  44 votes, 22.1%

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  42 votes, 21.1%

1320, The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, 798 pages
 
  28 votes, 14.1%

1883, Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain, 384 pages
 
  18 votes, 9.0%

1860, The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot, 579 pages
 
  17 votes, 8.5%

1830, The Red and the Black by Stendhal, 608 pages
 
  17 votes, 8.5%

 
  15 votes, 7.5%

 
  13 votes, 6.5%

1859, Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov, 567 pages
 
  5 votes, 2.5%

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