By: Thomas, Donald

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A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Donatien-Alphonse-Francois, Marquis de Sade 1740-1814, remains a man whose name is instantly recognized but whose life is obscure. Born close to royal ty in the age of aristocratic decadence, he precipitated sexual scandals in the grand manner. Alleged poisoning and unnatural practices with a group o f girls in Marseilles earned him a death sentence. While hunted by the law he contrived a winter of pleasures that led to further accusations of sexua l crimes. Imprisoned on six separate occasions, De Sade spent twenty seven years unde r detention, escaping the guillotine while within sight of it. and spending his last years in the dubious comfort of the asylum of Charenton. For a br ief period after the revolution De Sade also became a judge, opposed the de ath penalty, and saved some of his sworn enemies from prison or execution. He was loved to the end by women who knew the worst of him, and he was fear less in his defiance of injustice. What manner of paradox was this man? Was he a monster or was he a man of hi s time, driven to excess and persecuted by his contemporaries? De Sade, an aristocrat, lived through the waning days of Louis XVI, the Revolution, the Terror and the early years of Napoleon's reign. His literary. output fills a library shelf, and even now a English-language edition of his complete w ritings is in the planning stages. In this illuminating and dramatic biography, Donald Thomas puts De Sade in perspective, unraveling his complex life and thought against the turbule.


Author Name: Thomas, Donald

Categories: Biographies & Memoirs,

Publisher: Citadel: 1998

ISBN Number: 0806513381

ISBN Number 13: 9780806513386

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000042892