9780226064215

Sade : A Biographical Essay

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  • ISBN13:

    9780226064215

  • ISBN10:

    0226064212

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-03-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

The writings of the Marquis de Sade have recently attained notoriety in the canon of world literature. Now Sade himself is often celebrated as a heroic apostle of individual rights and a giant of philosophical thought. In this detailed investigative work, Laurence Bongie tests these claims and finds them unfounded and undeserved. "A valuable correction to the perception of Sade as a profound thinker, a great writer, and a martyr to liberty. Drawing on original archival work, Bongie tries to illuminate Sade's childhood and his relationship with his parents. . . . Fluent and well-informed."--Library Journal "Mr. Bongie . . . has written an investigation focusing on one aspect of Sade's character and development, his heretofore neglected relationship with his aristocratic mother. . . . A profitable selection."--Richard Bernstein, New York Times "A welcome corrective. Bongie's book . . . aims to deflate the exalted claims made about the marquis by demonstrating that he was a monstrous character."--Scott Stossel, Boston Phoenix Literary Supplement

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction 1(8)
Part One: Antecedents
Mysterious Mother
9(10)
A Diplomat and His Wife
19(18)
Desperate Measures
37(11)
The End of a Promising Career
48(11)
A Mystery Explained
59(12)
Part Two: Transgressions
Master and Pupil
71(9)
Surpassing the Master
80(9)
War and Marriage
89(8)
Jeanne Testard
97(10)
Arcueil
107(11)
Tigress and Cub
118(11)
Beheaded and Burned at the Stake
129(9)
All for a Dying Mother
138(13)
Part Three: Mothers, Whores, and Bogus Politics
A Mother Much Loved?
151(19)
Mothers Much Hated
170(12)
The Mother-in-law
182(14)
Vignettes of Vengeance
196(16)
When Do We Believe Him?
212(9)
His Finest Lie
221(13)
Feudal Rights and Nature's Laws
234(37)
Conclusion
247(24)
Appendix I Chronology 271(10)
Appendix II Sadean Criticism: A Postscript 281(20)
Appendix III Two Letters from the Comtesse de Sade 301(4)
Notes 305(22)
Index 327

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