An exhaustive catalogue of sexual aberrations and the first systematic exploration - a hundred years before Krafft-Ebing and Freud - of the psychopathology of sex, it is considered Sade's crowning achievement and the cornerstone of his thought. Lost after the storming of the Bastille in 1789, it was later retrieved but remained unpublished until 1935.
In addition to THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM, this volume includes Sade's 'Reflections on the Novel,' his play OXTIERN, and his novella ERNESTINE. The selections are introduced by Simone de Beauvoir's landmark essay 'Must We Burn Sade?' and Pierre Klossowski's provocative 'Nature As Destructive Principle.'