Untangling history’s greatest controversies

Every month, host Zach Cornwell takes a hard look at the historical conflicts that raise difficult questions, stoke controversy, and send our moral compasses spinning.

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Pardon My French: The Marquis de Sade

The Marquis De Sade was a pariah in his time, a monster on the page, and a genius in death. But what crimes did the namesake of “sadism” actually commit? Where did his real-life appetites end…and his literary fantasies begin? (Explicit, obviously)

SOURCES:

Thomas, Donald. The Marquis de Sade. 1976.

Du Plessix Gray, Francine. At Home with the Marquis de Sade. 1998.

Lever, Maurice. Sade. 1994.

Schaeffer, Niel. The Marquis De Sade: A Life. 1999.

Gorer, Geoffrey. The Life and Ideas of the Marquis de Sade. 1933.

Marquis de Sade. The 120 Days of Sodom.

Marquis de Sade. Letters from Prison.

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