Dominique Vivant Denon: Point de lendemain [No Tomorrow] (3651 words)

Marine Ganofsky (St Andrews University)
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Sensual and witty, elegant and enlightened, Dominique Vivant Denon’s story of a one-night liaison has now been rightly recognized as a grand literary masterpiece. In merely thirty or so pages, the erotic conte [tale] Point de lendemain [No Tomorrow] captures the libertine essence of the French eighteenth century. It is often read, with a fondness not far from nostalgia, as a vignette for a certain idea of libertinage. With Point de lendemain, Denon celebrates the subtle seductions and the intense voluptés of vicomtes and marquises, set in rococo landscapes à la Watteau or in lavish interiors worthy of Du Barry. Point de lendemain is as graceful as a painting by Fragonard …

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Ganofsky, Marine. "Point de lendemain". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 March 2017
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35886, accessed 26 August 2019.]

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