The Misfortunes of Virtue and Other Early Tales

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The name of the Marquis de Sade is synonymous with the blackest corners of the human soul, a byword for all that is most foul in human conduct. In his bleak, claustrophobic universe, there is no God, no human affection, and no hope. This selection of his early writings, some making their first appearance in English in this new translation by David Coward, reveals the full range of Sade's sobering moods and considerable talents. This is a fully annotated edition including an introduction, a biographical study, ...
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The name of the Marquis de Sade is synonymous with the blackest corners of the human soul, a byword for all that is most foul in human conduct. In his bleak, claustrophobic universe, there is no God, no human affection, and no hope. This selection of his early writings, some making their first appearance in English in this new translation by David Coward, reveals the full range of Sade's sobering moods and considerable talents. This is a fully annotated edition including an introduction, a biographical study, and a history of the censorship of these writings.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780199540426
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 921,892
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of the Marquis de Sade
A Note on Money
The Misfortunes of Virtue 1
Dialogue between a Priest and a Dying Man 149
The Successful Ruse 161
The Pimp Well Served 164
The Windbags of Provence 168
An Inexplicable Affair Vouched for by an Entire Province 171
The Prude, or the Unexpected Encounter 176
Emilie de Tourville, or Brotherly Cruelty 184
Augustine de Villeblanche, or Love's Stratagem 210
The Law of Talion 223
The Self-Made Cuckold, or the Unexpected Reconciliation 227
The Husband Who Said Mass: A Provencal Tale 238
The Lady of the Manor of Longeville, or a Woman's Revenge 245
The Confidence Men 253
Explanatory Notes 260
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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    A Man of Many Faces

    The Marquis De Sade has been known throughout history as a sex-crazed philanderer. What is great about this book, is the biographical information that helps the reader navigate through the more troubling scenes. While I may never agree that the Marquis was a good person, I think he was a product of his time, where might makes right. "Justine" and his other tales are a nod to the Marquis' view that virtue (and other positive characteristics) are often unnecessary and will never get you anywhere in a world filled with depravity and licentiousness.

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