Author(s): Marquis de Sade
The great virtue of this volume is that it reveals a lighter, comic side of Sade. He was a man obsessed, like many great writers, and his obsessions are still present here: his hatred of all things pretentious, his loathing of a corrupt judicial system, his damning of hypocrisy and false piety. One of the great anarchists of all time, he was nevertheless far from mad (as many pretended) and these works of fiction shed still another light on this most feverish of minds. But however heavy the subject, The Mystified Magistrate is infused with a light touch; it is revealing but never offensive.
Author Biography: Born in 1740, Donatien-Alphonse-François de Sade, known to history as the Marquis de Sade, was from one of the great aristocratic families of Provence. He died in 1814, having spent almost half his life in prison for the crime of libertinage.