Search Results: "Marquis de Sade"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MARQUIS DE SADE by Neil Schaeffer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"This life of Sade is a respectable biography, but not likely to stand out in the crowd."
Schaeffer (English/Brooklyn Coll.) is an unlucky fellow. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 11, 1998

"Gray's sharp and vivid prose, together with her skills as a storyteller, give this biography its edge over the scholars whose works have preceded it."
Despite his manic promiscuities and a conspicuous gift for generating catastrophe, the Marquis de Sade was, according to Gray, a happily married man. Read full book review >

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SADE by Maurice Lever
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A must."
Lever is the French editor of the Marquis de Sade's correspondence, and thus in a particularly good position to check and curb much of the mythical fervor that surrounds the writer everyone thinks he knows all about and almost no one does. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTIFIED MAGISTRATE by Marquis de Sade
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"An elegant addition to an important (if troubling) 'oeuvre,' skillfully translated and handsomely presented."
Written during the notorious Marquis's long imprisonment for indecency and blasphemy, these comparatively benign cautionary tales eloquently mock the hypocrisy of draconian lawgivers (in "The Windbags of Provence"), lascivious clerics ("The Husband Who Turned Priest"), and even Sade's own mortally offended mother-in-law ("Emilie de Tourville"). Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"A sober, scholarly, and skeptical exploration of the Marquis de Sade's life and contemporary reputation."
Bongie's essay is one among various new studies of Sade: Roger Shattuck's Forbidden Knowledge, Octavio Paz's An Erotic Beyond, and most recently ,Francine du Plessix Gray's At Home with the Marquis de Sade. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 1999

"Readers who aren't immediately glutted, and persevere through the calculated blasphemies and obscenities, will gratefully savor the fruits of Ducornet's hothouse imagination."
It's been a good year for the dark and satanic Marquis, what with a major biography and translations of his short stories and letters from prison—and now this fetchingly perverted novel from America's answer to Angela Carter (and perhaps Isak Dinesen), the author of such baroque fiction as The Complete Butcher's Tales (1994) and Phosphor in Dreamland (1995). Read full book review >

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THE MARQUIS by Laura Auricchio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"In a sharp and moving biography, Auricchio captures the essence of the 'French hero of the American Revolution—the Hero of Two Worlds, the Apostle of Liberty.'"
A new biography of the Marquis, as well as a serious study of the differences between two of the most important revolutions of the millennium. Read full book review >

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Released: April 28, 1989

An abridged (by about 15%) and quite marvelous one-volume reappearance of the 1839 three-volume French original, with a forward by Pulizer Prize-winning historian Daniel Boorstin and an introduction by Russian expert George Kennan. Read full book review >

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MARQUIS AT BAY by Albert Belisle Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 1992

"Hard going, but the odd intricate contours of Davis's southern Louisiana world can be found nowhere else."
Davis's second novel (Leechtime, 1989) is another Faulknerian effort, convoluted and tortured, that again uses mock-oral history to tell the story of small-time intrigue—this time in a bayou town southwest of New Orleans. Read full book review >

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AN EROTIC BEYOND: SADE by Octavio Paz
Released: April 3, 1998

"Though tiny, Paz's new book admirably questions and explores the meaning of a figure who will not leave us alone."
Mexico's Nobel Prize—winning poet and essayist meditates on the Marquis de Sade and his writings. Read full book review >

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SADE, FOURIER, LOYOLA by Roland Barthes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 1976

"Not everyone will be willing to trip after him, but this perversely poetic critic does generate a great deal of electricity."
Since the publication of Writing Degree Zero in 1953, Roland Barthes has been creating a body of criticism that alters in an absolute sense our traditional notion of what literature—and indeed what writing itself—is. Read full book review >

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DE NIRO by Shawn Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"An impressive biography that will surely stand as the definitive De Niro volume."
The life and work of the legendary actor. Read full book review >