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Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

Pierre Ambrose Choderlos de Laclos, a French official and army general, was born on October 18, 1741 in Amiens, France and died in Taranto, Italy on September 5, 1803. He is most famously remembered for his novel, Les liaisons dangereuses a celebrated classic which explores seduction, revenge and evil.

The story has been adapted as a film several times; notably in 1988 as Dangerous Liaisons, directed by Stephen Frears.

General de Laclos died in the former convent of Saint Francis in Taranto but following the demise of Napoleon Bonaparte the locals destroyed his burial tomb and it is believed that his bones were tossed into the sea.