The Misfortunes of Virtue and Other Early Tales


THE MARQUIS DE SADE THE MISFORTUNES OF VIRTUE AND OTHER EARLY TALES Translated with an Introduction and Notes by David Coward In the bleak, claustrophobic universe of the Marquis de Sade, there is no God, no morality, no human affection, and no hope. Power is given to the strong and the strong are murderers, torturers, and tyrants. No quarter is given: compassion is the virtue of the weak. Yet Sade was a man of savage intelligence who carried the philosophy of the French Enlightenment to its logical extreme and for many he is the Great Libertarian. The Victorians considered him 'Divine'; the Surrealists recognized him as a founding father, and he is a key figure in the history of modernism and post-modernism. With Freud and Marx, Sade has been one of the crucial shaping influences on the twentieth century, and reactions to him continue to be extreme. But he has always been more talked about than read. This selection of his early writings, some making their first appearance in English in this new translation by David Coward, reveals the full range of Sade's sobering moods and considerable talents. * INTRODUCTION * BIBLIOGRAPHY * CHRONOLOGY * EXPLANATORY NOTES.


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