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Manon Lescaut
PREMIERE2/1/1893 — Teatro Regio (Turin)
COMPOSERGiacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Seconodo Maria Puccini   
LIBRETTISTSDomenico Oliva   Giuseppe Giacosa   Luigi Illica   Marco Praga   Ruggero Leoncavallo   
 
Synopsis

The Story of the Chevalier des Grieux and Manon Lescaut is a novel by Antoine François Prévost. Published in 1731, it is the seventh and final volume of Mémoires et aventures d'un homme de qualité (Memoirs and Adventures of a Man of Quality).

The story, set in France and Louisiana in the early 18th century, follows the hero, the Chevalier des Grieux, and his lover, Manon Lescaut. Controversial in its time, the work was banned in France upon publication. Despite this, it became very popular and pirated editions were widely distributed. In a subsequent 1753 edition, the Abbé Prévost toned down some scandalous details and injected more moralizing disclaimers.

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