Manon Lescaut

Manon Lescaut. Adolphe-William Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905). Oil on canvas. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Manon Lescaut (L'Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut) is a short novel by French author Abbé 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). It was controversial in its time and was banned in France upon publication. Despite this, it became very popular and pirated editions were widely distributed.

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“Manon Lescaut” in 3 minutes - presented by the Berliner Philharmoniker

“Meanwhile, Geronte, old, ugly and rich - in our production very handsome”

Willis és EMW <3

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___ During the last couple of months I occupied myself intensively with the opera ‘Manon Lescaut’ by Giacomo Puccini. Together with five other illustrators I made a graphic novel which will be published by none other than The Berliner Philharmoniker. Each one of us illustrated another part of the book. Besides me Asuka Grün, Marina Friedrich and Magdalena Kaszuba had the pleasure of drawing the different acts. In addition Jens Cornils drew parts of Puccinis biography and Laura Edelbacher made a beautiful poster which simultaneously works as a jacket for the book. I illustrated act two.   Editorial design by Laura Edelbacher and Alexandra Kardinar.