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p. 1127. Apostle of freedomlocked

  • John Phillips


Sade's legacy is huge despite being officially supressed for two centuries. His work has been widely read and his influence on writers, artists, and thinkers is undeniable. ‘Apostle of freedom’ examines his legacy from its lowest ebb in the 19th century, to now. In the 19th century his influence can be seen in two extremes: the Gothic excesses of Romanticism and the preoccupation with the seedier side of life in Realist and Naturalist novels. Both Justine and Juliette have been secretly read by many. In the 20th century, Sade exerted a more noticeable influence on intellectual activity in novels, films, paintings, and social and sexual movements. Sade's legacy has adapted to the changing intellectual arena.

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