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The Resource At home with the Marquis de Sade : a life, Francine du Plessix Gray

At home with the Marquis de Sade : a life, Francine du Plessix Gray

Label
At home with the Marquis de Sade : a life
Title
At home with the Marquis de Sade
Title remainder
a life
Statement of responsibility
Francine du Plessix Gray
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In this account of the scandalous life and the violent times of the Marquis de Sade, novelist, essayist, and biographer Francine du Plessix Gray resurrects this legendary man's relationship with his family - his devoted wife, his iron-willed mother-in-law, and his three children. Gray draws on thousands of pages of letters exchanged by the two spouses, few of which have been published in English, to explore in the fullest historical and psychological detail what it was like to be the Marquise de Sade, a decorous, upright woman married throughout the decades preceding the French Revolution to one of the most maverick spirits of recent times
  • In the vast literature inspired by the marquis's fictional and real-life libertinism, relatively little attention has been given the two women who were closest to him: Renee-Pelagie de Sade, his adoring wife for more than a quarter of a century, and his powerful mother-in-law, Madame de Montreuil. Gray brings to life these two remarkable women and their complex relationship with Sade as they dedicated themselves, each in her own way, to protecting him from the law, curbing his excesses, and ultimately confining him
  • After years of indulging a variety of sexual aberrations, experiences he used in novels such as Justine, Philosophy in the Boudoir, and The 120 Days of Sodom, Sade was imprisoned on the basis of an arrest warrant issued by Louis XVI at his mother-in-law's instigation. Throughout his thirteen years in jail, Madame de Sade was her husband's principal solace and his only lifeline to reality. It was only upon the onset of the French Revolution, when Sade was finally freed from the Bastille, that Pelagie made a sudden about-face from her decades of abject devotion
  • In the course of telling this remarkable story, Gray vividly re-creates the extravagant hedonism of late eighteenth-century France; the ensuing terror of the French Revolution, when her protagonists lived in fear of imminent destruction; and the oppression of the Napoleonic regime under which Sade spent his last decade
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gray, Francine du Plessix
Dewey number
  • 843/.6
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PQ2063.S3
LC item number
G73 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sade
  • Authors, French
Label
At home with the Marquis de Sade : a life, Francine du Plessix Gray
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 454-459) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm39347558
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
491 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780684800073
Lccn
98034224
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)39347558
Label
At home with the Marquis de Sade : a life, Francine du Plessix Gray
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 454-459) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm39347558
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
491 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780684800073
Lccn
98034224
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)39347558

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