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The 120 days of Sodom and other writings

Author: Sade, marquis de; Austryn Wainhouse; Richard Seaver; Simone de Beauvoir; Pierre Klossowski
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 1987, ©1966.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Evergreen edView all editions and formats
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"The Marquis de Sade, vilified by respectable society from his own time through ours, apotheosized by Apollinaire as "the freest spirit that has yet existed," wrote The 120 Days of Sodom while imprisoned in the Bastille. An exhaustive catalogue of sexual aberrations and the first systematic exploration-a hundred years before Krafft-Ebing and Freud-of the psychology of sex, it is considered Sade's crowning  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Named Person: Sade, marquis de; Sade, marquis de
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sade, marquis de; Austryn Wainhouse; Richard Seaver; Simone de Beauvoir; Pierre Klossowski
ISBN: 0802130127 9780802130129
OCLC Number: 15316833
Description: xii, 799 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Part I. Critical. 1. Must we burn Sade? / by Simone de Beauvoir ---
2. Nature as destructive principle / by Pierre Klossowski ----
Part II. From Les Crimes de l'Amour. 1. Reflections on the novel (1800) ---
2. Villeterque's Review of Les Crimes de l'Amour (1800) ---
3. The Author of Les Crimes de l'Amour to Villeterque, Hack Writer (1788) ---
4. Florville and Courval, on The Works of Fate (1788) ----
Part III. The 120 days of Sodom (1785) ----
Part IV. Theater. 1. Oxtiern, or The Misfortunes of Libertinage (1800) ---
2. Ernestine, A Swedish tale (1788).
Other Titles: Works.
One hundred twenty days of Sodom and other writings
Marquis de Sade
Responsibility: the Marquis de Sade ; compiled and translated by Austryn Wainhouse & Richard Seaver ; with introductions by Simone de Beauvoir & Pierre Klossowski.

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"The Marquis de Sade, vilified by respectable society from his own time through ours, apotheosized by Apollinaire as "the freest spirit that has yet existed," wrote The 120 Days of Sodom while imprisoned in the Bastille. An exhaustive catalogue of sexual aberrations and the first systematic exploration-a hundred years before Krafft-Ebing and Freud-of the psychology of sex, it is considered Sade's crowning achievement and the cornerstone of his thought. Lost after the storming of the Bastille in 1789, it was later retrieved but remained unpublished until 1935. In addition to The 120 Days, this volume includes Sade's "Reflections on the Novel," his play Oxtiem, and his novella Ernestine. The selections are introduced by Simone de Beauvoir's landmark essay "Must We Burn Sade?" and Pierre Klossowski's provocative "Nature as Destructive Principle." "Imperious, choleric, irascible, extreme in everything, with a dissolute imagination the like of which has never been seen, atheistic to the point of fanaticism, there you have me in a nutshell, and kill me again or take me as I am, for I shall not change."--Sade's Last Will and Testament."--http://www.amazon.com (April 19, 2011).

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