Laclos, Pierre Ambroise Franois Choderlos de
Laclos, Pierre Ambroise Franois Choderlos de py?r Nbrwz frNsw shd?rl? d? lkl? [key], 1741?1803, French novelist and general, known as Choderlos de Laclos. He is best known for Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782; tr. Dangerous Connections, 1784, and Dangerous Acquaintances, 1924), a novel in letter form of cynical seduction whose savage tone contrasted with the vogue for high moral sentiment established by Rousseau. Laclos was also the author of Posies fugitives (1782) and collaborated on Galerie des tats Gnraux (1789). He commanded troops both under the Directory and under Napoleon.
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