The Crimes of Love

The Crimes of Love : Heroic and Tragic Tales, Preceeded by an Essay on Novels

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'Senneval, you see in me your sister, the girl you seduced at Nancy, the woman who murdered your son, the wife of your own father and the ignoble creature who sent your mother to the gallows...' Who but the Marquis de Sade would write, not of the pain, tragedy, and joy of love but of its crimes? Murder, seduction, and incest are among the cruel rewards for selfless love in his stories; tragedy, despair, and death the inevitable outcome. Sade's villains will stop at nothing to satisfy their depraved passions, and they in turn suffer under the thrall of love. Psychologically astute, and defiantly unconventional, these stories show Sade at his best. A skilled and artful storyteller, he is also an intellectual who asks questions about society, about ourselves, and about life, for which we have yet to find the answers. This new selection includes 'An Essay on Novels', Sade's penetrating survey of the novelist's more

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  • Paperback | 388 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 22mm | 258.55g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 019280507X
  • 9780192805072

Table of contents

An Essay on Novels; Miss Henrietta Stralson, or The Effects of Despair; Faxelange, or the Faults of Ambition; Florville and Courval, or Fatality; Rodrigo, or The Enchanted Tower; Ernestine. A Swedish Tale; The Countess of Sancerre, or Her Daughter's Rival; Eugenie de Franval. A Tragic Taleshow more

About Marquis de Sade

David Coward is Professor of Modern French Literature at the University of Leeds. He is the author of A History of French Literature and the translator of Jacques the Fatalist and The Figaro more

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[An] excellent new edition... A recommended introduction to the Sadean oeuvre for anyone genuinely interested in the ideas that won him enduring notoriety. Ruth Scurr, Times Literary Supplementshow more

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