Marquis De Sade

Marquis De Sade

by Neil Schaeffer
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Marquis De Sade by Neil Schaeffer

Neil Schaeffer presents here a wholly original, compellingly human portrait of the "divine Marquis," the enigmatic legend whose name is synonymous with brutal perversion and cruelty. Against a magnificently embroidered backdrop of eighteenth-century France, he shows us Sade's incredible life of sexual appetite, adherence to Enlightenment principles, imprisonment, scandal, and above all inexhaustible imagination. Based on a decade of research and utilizing work never before published in English, The Marquis de Sade is a definitive work that confronts nearly two hundred years of myth to reveal a Promethean figure of astonishing complexity.

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ISBN-13: 9780674003927
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2000
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

Neil Schaeffer is Professor of English Literature at Brooklyn College.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
my curiousity of notorious historical figures drew me to this book.. before I read it, I knew next to nothing about Sade... Schaeffer's book is extremely informative due to his unbelievably exhaustive research.. the first few pages of the book are tiresome as he continually recounts an episode in Sade's childhood and a dream he had, as if this explains the marquis' wicked lifestyle.. after I got past that, I almost quit reading the book because of Sade's 'satanic' activity with a prostitute..however, the book drew me in deeply the more I read it.. Sade was repulsive, yet fascinating, even humorous.. I found especially funny when I read about 'ahh...the hen is ready to lay an egg'.. you will have to find out what that means on your own because I cannot possibly type the meaning.. I had no idea how gory the French Revolution was until I read about how the ditches overflowed with blood and the streets stank of corpses.. and when reading about the ill-fated Princess de Lamballe, I couldn't help but think of Ed Gein... I would recommend this book to anyone who is not extremely religious and has a strong stomach.. it's a superb reconstruction of Sade's life in an important era of French history.. I have already bought Justine and 120 Days of Sodom, but need to take a break from Sade for a while before my mind becomes completely warped!