About the Author
The Marquis de Sade (1740–1814) wrote the first drafts of several of his pornographic novels while in prison, including Justine
and 100 Days of Sodom
Joachim Neugroschel has won three PEN translation awards and the French-American translation prize. He has also translated Thomas Mann's Death in Venice
and Sacher-Masoch's Venus in Furs
, both for Penguin Classics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Francine du Plessix Gray is a regular contributor to The New Yorker
and the author of numerous essays and books, including Simone Weil
, At Home with the Marquis de Sade: A Life
, Rage and Fire
, Lovers and Tyrants
, and Soviet Women
. She lives with her husband, the painter Cleve Gray.