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The Libertine Reader: Eroticism and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century France Paperback – September 22, 1997

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Michel Feher is a founding editor and publisher of Zone Books. He is the author of Powerless by Design: The Age of the International Community and the editor of Fragments for a History of The Human Body (with Ramona Naddaff and Nadia Tazi).

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Product Details

  • Series: Zone Readers
  • Paperback: 1324 pages
  • Publisher: Zone Books (September 22, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942299418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942299410
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,626,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bradley on June 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
Never before has such an impressive selection of 18th century French libertine literature been assembled in English translation. The reader surveys the entire genre of this "philosophical," sometimes very erotic literature (from Denis Diderot and Crebillon fils to the divine Marquis de Sade). To my knowledge, at least two of the pieces have never been translated: Choderlos de Laclos' "On the Education of Women" and Vivant Denon's "No Tomorrow." Denon's piece is a particular treat and is perhaps the crown jewel of the collection. Of course, substantive essays by noted dix-huitiemistes are also included before each piece. For those who love the 18th century or merely are afficiandos of erotic literature, "The Libertine Reader" should definitely be on your bookshelves.
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