Cover: The Marquis de Sade in PAPERBACK

The Marquis de Sade

A Life

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$31.00 • £24.95 • €28.00

ISBN 9780674003927

Publication Date: 11/01/2000


577 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Not for sale in UK & British Commonwealth (except Canada)

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 hardheaded 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.—Richard Bernstein, The New York Times

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.—Doug Wright, The San Francisco Chronicle

As riveting as a tightly drawn historical novel…well researched and accessible.Publishers Weekly

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