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This is an auction for THE MARQUIS DE SADE by Neil Schaeffer.

"Complexity is one of the virtues of this new and lengthy biography ... Schaeffer's book is a welcome addition to the literature ... Both sophisticated and hard-headed about Sade; it has a definitive quality to it. It is the strength of Schaeffer's biography that it makes Sade not just a notorious figure but a credibly heroic one as well."
- New York Times

"Schaeffer recounts Sade's adventures with great relish and facility, and his book is often as riveting as a tightly drawn historical novel. Sade's first arrest, for accidentally poisoning a prostitute, began with a lengthy manhunt; once captured, the marquis managed to escape from prison. He was subsequently arrested many times, for writing pornography and for political reasons, and committed to a madhouse. In a stroke of bad luck, he was transferred - for poor behaviour - from the Bastille only 10 days before it was liberated."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

"Schaeffer's biography of the Marquis de Sade is is a substantial work of scholarship, drawing heavily on Sade's letters and other writings, many never before translated. Schaeffer also offers extended readings of Sade's novels."
- Library Journal (US)

"By separating the facts of Sade's life from the mythology and establishing a social context for the libertine excesses of Sade's age, Schaeffer may have written the most fearlessly sympathetic portrait of the man yet... He wields the most subversive tool yet employed in any discussion of the Marquis: compassion."
- San Francisco Chronicle

Very favourable reviews on

Paperback 1999.

567 pages.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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