translated from the German by James Bruce
this 1968 edition, published by Brittany Press, Inc. (U.S.A),
is a reprint of the original 1931 volume.
Sade's life and works are explored through a historical look at the mores and contemporary erotic writings of the 18th century. In addition, Bloch presents a theory and historty of sadism. This highly entertaining text is made more valuable by an extensive bibliography.
(information by M. Orlando)