Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Introduction through Editor' Preface Abstract
* David Coward, author of the Introduction, offers examples of negative public responses to the novel's publication in 1782 France and abroad.
* Coward discusses Choderlos de Laclos' biography.
* Laclos's publishing history and his liberal views on women and society are discussed.
* During the French Revolution, Laclos occupied both important and insignificant roles.
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