The Maxims in the Novels of Duclos: A Conclusion

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


Our study has attempted a critical investigation of the maxims in the novels of Duclos. We have tried to articulate the sense and the value of this technique of the author. In so doing, we have situated Duclos as a literary figure in the eighteenth century and briefly examined his complete works. We have defined the maxim as it appears in these novels of Duclos as a seemingly authoritative generalization which is expressed with a degree of precision and density. This maxim, so defined, has appeared variously in the novels in the form of aphorism, epigram, pensée, and portrait.


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  1. 1.
    See Meister and Skrupskelis for detailed discussions of Duclos in relation to his contemporaries.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Whitehead, Adventures of Ideas, p. 12. Quoted by Wylie Sypher, in Rococo to Cubism in Art and Literature (New York: Vintage, 1966), p. xvii.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Meister, p. 215.Google Scholar

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