Jeremy Reed

Heroic Marquis

The Gothic Tales of the Marquis de Sade


Peter Owen 183pp £12.95 order from our bookshop

Maligned, misconstrued and I suspect, little read, the Marquis de Sade remains not only one of the great moralists of the eighteenth century, but also the prototypical exponent of sexual psychology. Outraged by nothing, he continues to shock by virtue of his courage, and his preoccupation with fetish, obsession, the diversity of sexual expression, has in this century found powerful advocates in the likes of Apollinaire, Mario Praz, Man Ray, Georges Bataille and Simone de Beauvoir.

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