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(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Abbé Prévost (pray-VOH) has been described as the first truly self-supporting man of letters in France. According to the Henry Harrisse edition, Prévost published more than 120 volumes during his career, including more than forty translations; histories of travel; moral and didactic tracts on various subjects of contemporary interest; and more than thirty volumes of prose fiction. He also founded the literary journal Le Pour et contre, which appeared from 1733 to 1740 and was designed as a forum for the discussion of European writers. Prévost’s work was highly esteemed by some of the most acute literary commentators of his own time, but aside from Manon Lescaut, more recent French critics have regarded his work as a part of literary history rather than living literature. Among those books that are of interest to the modern reader are the novels The Dean of Killerine, The History of a Fair Greek, and Le Monde moral.