8: Manon Lescaut


Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut, vol. 1
[Story of the Knight of Grieux and Manon Lescaut]
by abbé Prévost
Amsterdam, 1756
The Historic New Orleans Collection, 2007.0371.1

The frank portrayal of young romantic love in Manon Lescaut, the first novel set in New Orleans, sparked considerable controversy, and it was banned upon publication in 1731.