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The Marquis De Sade: A Life - Neil Schaeffer
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[SR: 918001], Paperback, [EAN: 9780674003927], Harvard University Press, Harvard University Press, Book, [PU: Harvard University Press], 2000-11-01, Harvard University Press, A Life, This is a big black book about a black-hearted man. Neil Schaeffer manages to suggest some of the complexities and contradictions in de Sade's character, but there is no doubt that he got up to some pretty unpleasant things. Schaeffer's skill is in giving us the full gamut of Sade's distinctive sexuality (as much masochistic, it turns out, as sadistic) in detailed if understated description--while also managing to place the whole story in context. De Sade's tastes were not actually that unusual for the times in which he lived. Eighteenth-century France was a cruel period, leading up to the violent Revolution of 1789 (in which Sade participated), and it produced a tremendous amount of sexual whippings, beatings and violent goings-on. Schaeffer's analysis of Sade is acute without becoming prurient. "His sexual life would find a modern equivalent among a great many rock stars," he writes, adding that "the public expect and vicariously enjoy the escapades" of such figures, which is a good insight into the appeal of books such as this one. There are even moments of tenderness in The Marquis de Sade: A Life, as we learn of Sade's lifelong romanticism, and sometimes we even feel sorry for him. A letter makes reference to "three or four friends" and Schaeffer comments: "it is unknown who these friends are. Sade had no friends." This is unsurprising, given his predilections, but somehow sad. --Adam Roberts, 267954, Novelists, Poets & Playwrights, 67, Biography, 1025612, Subjects, 266239, Books, 275068, History & Criticism, 275070, Children's Literature Studies, 275071, Drama & Dramatists, 274863, History of Books, 591858, Key Critics, 275080, Literary Studies, 275096, Literary Theory & Movements, 275105, Novels & Novelists, 275110, Poetry & Poets, 591932, Study Guides, 275389, Poetry, Drama & Criticism, 1025612, Subjects, 266239, Books

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His immortality may be of a scandalous variety, but the fascination still exerted by Donatien Alphonse Fran?ois de Sade (1740-1814) is evidenced in this, the third biography of the man to appear in a scant six months. Francine du Plessix Gray (At Home with the Marquis de Sade) and Laurence Bongie (Sade: A Biographical Essay) take arguably more original approaches, but American academic Neil Schaeffer's thorough, carefully researched and argued book is more likely to appeal to the general reader who knows little of Sade beyond the perversion to which he gave his name. In fact, Schaeffer contends, the marquis was hardly a textbook sadist: he liked to be beaten at least as much as he enjoyed inflicting pain, which was a pastime he pursued primarily in his books' scatological fantasies. The author generally attempts to temper Sade's dreadful reputation, placing his escapades with prostitutes and menservants in the European tradition of aristocratic libertinism and pointing up the witty irony as well as the obscenities in works like The 120 Days of Sodom ("the most radical novel ever written"). It's not exactly a pretty picture, but Schaeffer makes a plausible case that the man imprisoned by both royal and revolutionary regimes posed more danger through his unfettered imaginings than through anything he actually did. --Wendy Smith arts and literature,authors,biographical,biographies,biographies and history,biography and history,literary criticism,literary criticism and collections,literature and fiction,world literature Biographies, Harvard University Press

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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. The Marquis de Sade: A Life Schaeffer, Neil, Harvard University Press

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The Marquis de Sade: A Life

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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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780674003927
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0674003926
Hardcover
Paperback
Publishing year: 2000
Publisher: HARVARD UNIV PR
577 Pages
Weight: 0,798 kg
Language: eng/Englisch

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