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Published: 12 June 2008

400 Pages


ISBN: 9780199539987

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The Crimes of Love

Heroic and tragic Tales, Preceded by an Essay on Novels

Marquis de Sade
Translated by David Coward

Oxford World's Classics

  • This is the fullest selection from the Marquis de Sade's four-volume collection of short stories, The Crimes of Love. David Coward's vibrant new translation captures the verve of the original, and his introduction and notes describe Sade's notorious career.
  • The stories variously depict the desperate lengths to which people are driven by passion, and feature embezzlement, abduction, murder and incest.
  • This selection includes the 'Essay on Novels', the preface to the collection and an important statement of his concept of fiction and one of the few literary manifestoes published during the Revolution.
  • Appendices include the denunciatory review of the collection that it received on publication, and Diderot's vigorous response.

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