Vol. 12: Davies, Simon.

Type: Article

Davies, Simon. ‘Irish Reactions to a French bestseller’, Eighteenth-century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr, Vol. 12 (1997), pp 87-88.

This article offers a brief discussion of Irish reactions to the French bestseller, Les liaisons dangereuses (1782). The 1784 English translation was pirated and printed in Dublin, and became popular in at least one Irish town. The novel’s popularity in Newry suggests “a ‘cosmopolitan outlook’ as the inhabitants of even provincial towns in Ireland wished to keep abreast of the cultural scene in Europe, particularly the prestigious culture of France”.