Les Liaisons Dangereuses - Introduction through Editor' Preface Summary & Analysis

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
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Introduction through Editor' Preface Summary

This story is about morality, the fight against one's self, and the power of persuasion in the face of innocence. Merteuil and Valmont are wealthy socialites whose lives are corrupt and immoral. When they turn their tools on others, however, they find their own immorality leads to their demise.

In the Introduction by Douglas Parmee, several aspects of the novel are discussed. Parmee discusses reactions to the novel by society, ranging from the positive to very negative ideas about both the novel as well as the author. Parmee then notes the military upbringing and lifestyle of the author, and the often feminist, morally righteous other works Laclos penned during his short career. Laclos, however, on death was little mourned, as he was often seen as a detriment to society because of his erotic tale of deception. Over time, however, Parmee notes...

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