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Justine or the Misfortunes of Virtue by Marquis de Sade
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Once again, I'm just guessing at the publication date based on the style of the bk's 'tasteful' 'artistic' (ie: camouflaged) cover. For de Sade, this is borderline PG. IE: In contrast to his more full-blown SADISTIC work - some of wch I've never been able to bring myself to read.

De Sade's last paragraph begins:

Reader, this is a stark and tragic tale; but we hope that you have shed tears over the misfortunes of virtue [..]

De Sade dropped such pretenses later on.

At the end of this edition there's a note that reads:

The editor, an amiable old gentleman devoted to hearth and home, living in the bosom of a happy family, highly disapproves of most of the characters in this novel; and in no way can identify himself with their words or actions.

Ha ha! Ya never know, maybe the kids will find this one, right? So he'd better protect his ass lest they get the wrong idea. "What? Dad PUBLISHED THIS?!" Maybe the guy was serious.
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Started Reading
January 1, 1975 – Finished Reading
March 10, 2008 – Shelved
March 10, 2008 – Shelved as: erotica

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