From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Some de Sade experts say that this was due to his rigid upbringing in a prudish family, with an absent father, attending a school that promoted shame and humiliation. This page was last edited on 30 Augustat To say that his works posed a risk to the public was really to say that a public able to read Sade was itself a risky prospect. His books were even banned for almost two centuries. Along with the help of his wife, de Sade imprisoned five young women and one young man in his chateau. Yet soon after his death in his reputation began to climb.
To inflict pain as much as to endure it, however, one must first understand the body.
Just How Sadistic Was The Marquis De Sade, Really?
In this introduction, he contradicts himself, at one point insisting that one should not be horrified by the passions outlined in the story because everybody has their own tastes, but at the same time going out of his way to warn the reader of the horrors that lie ahead, suggesting that the reader should have doubts about continuing. It includes two daring prison breaks and a close shave with the guillotine. De Sade despised religion and authority and in many of his works he enjoyed mocking them by portraying priests, bishops, judges and the like as sexual perverts and criminals. He wrote his atheist manifesto, Dialogue Between a Priest and a Dying Manand a foot-long account of his perversions in what is known as Days of Sodom. Vintage edition of Days of Sodom.