Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

1741 - 1803

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Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos (French: [pjɛʁ ɑ̃bʁwaz fʁɑ̃swa ʃɔdɛʁlo də laklo]; 18 October 1741 – 5 September 1803) was a French novelist, official, Freemason and army general, best known for writing the epistolary novel Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) (1782). 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 Restif de la Bretonne. 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos has received more than 350,181 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Pierre Choderlos de Laclos is the 546th most popular writer (up from 614th in 2019), the 638th most popular biography from France (up from 727th in 2019) and the 97th most popular French Writer.

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos is most famous for writing Les Liaisons Dangereuses, a novel about a woman who seduces a man and his best friend.

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Notable Works

Dangerous acquaintances
Dangerous Liaisons
Laclos par lui-même
Choderlos de Laclos
Les Liaisons Dangereuses


Among writers, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos ranks 546 out of 7,302Before him are Bai Juyi, Gaston Leroux, Saint Naum, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, Eugenio Montale, and Frantz Fanon. After him are Gustav Meyrink, Georg Trakl, Patrick Süskind, Mo Yan, Robert Burns, and Klaus Mann.

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Among people born in 1741, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos ranks 5Before him are Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor, Princess Isabella of Parma, Angelica Kauffman, and Henry Fuseli. After him are Peter Simon Pallas, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, Andrea Luchesi, Benedict Arnold, Jean-Antoine Houdon, André Grétry, and Johann Kaspar Lavater. Among people deceased in 1803, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos ranks 2Before him is Johann Gottfried Herder. After him are Toussaint Louverture, Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, Cardinal de Rohan, Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, Vittorio Alfieri, Louis I of Etruria, Louis Claude de Saint-Martin, and Ami Argand.

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In France

Among people born in France, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos ranks 638 out of 6,770Before him are Léon Walras (1834), Marie François Sadi Carnot (1837), Gaston Leroux (1868), Paul Doumer (1857), Albert Fert (1938), and Chlodomer (495). After him are Hugues de Payens (1074), Guillaume de l'Hôpital (1661), Emma of Normandy (985), W. Somerset Maugham (1874), Ariovistus (-101), and François Guizot (1787).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos ranks 97Before him are Alfred Jarry (1873), Camille Flammarion (1842), Marie-Antoine Carême (1784), Pierre de Ronsard (1524), Paul Claudel (1868), and Gaston Leroux (1868). After him are W. Somerset Maugham (1874), Georges Perec (1936), Ausonius (310), Ninon de l'Enclos (1620), Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922), and Madame de La Fayette (1634).