The Maxims in the Confessions du Comte de***

  • Bette Gross Silverblatt
Part of the Archives Internationales D’Histoire des Idees / International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARMI, volume 2)


Duclos’ second novel, the Confessions du Comte de***, published in 1741, is a very different fictional work from the Histoire de Madame de Luz, and the maxims of this novel will be seen to change in several aspects of their nature and their role. The novel was extremely popular in the eighteenth century, as was mentioned in the first chapter of our study, and was the subject of much discussion in its time. Voltaire’s comments are perhaps typical:

Ce n’est qu’un journal de bonnes fortunes, une histoire sans suite, un roman sans intrigue, un ouvrage qui ne laisse rien dans l’esprit et qu’on oublie comme le héros oublie ses maîtresses. Cependant je conçois que le naturel et la vivacité du style et surtout le fond du sujet aient réjoui les jeunes et les vieilles.1


Dinner Party Narrative Technique Passionate Love Love Relation Fictional Work 
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  1. 1.
    Quoted by Pierre Gilbert, in “Une résurrection littéraire: Charles Pinot-Duclos,” La Revue Critique des Idées et des Livres, XCV, tome 16 (March 25, 1912), p. 684.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Villenave, p. vii.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Versini’s already mentioned brief essay is an exception to this. He clearly indicates the basic form of the novel.Google Scholar
  4. 3.
    It should be noted that some quotations in this chapter do not exactly duplicate the maxims found in the appendix. The additions are to clarify the context, and the deletions to present only the pertinent sections.Google Scholar

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