How His Crystal Genius Still Speaks to Today’s World and Its Major Problems
II -- CASE STUDY - A: Cahiers Personnels and Etre Suprême: Sade's Sense of the Writer and His Duty beyond Art and Easy Readers 45
II. CASE STUDY³A Cahiers personnels and Etre Suprême: 6DGH·V6HQVHRIWKH:ULWHUDQGKLV'XW\beyond Art and Easy Readers Since he began writing his kind of books, Sade had fierce critics from all sides of his quite complex 18th century French society. However, nowhere was that opposition more pronounced than with the dubious mediators that are self-proclaimed, though little read, ¶experts· on literary reviewing. Echoing con- temporary political tendencies, the reviewers in his case became almost self- appointed censors of his work. Among the journals that engaged him the most, Journal des Débats was notorious. While critics working for that journal tried to define the profession of writing (being a writer) according to their personal preferences, Sade had to berate them for excluding him from worthy writers. When reacting to criticism from that journal, Sade stated the role of the writer as he knew it rather than how suspicious media (unreasonably biased critics) pretended that it should be. To be clear, engaging in refutation, he de- fended the role and meaning of his trade as a literary and philosophical writer. As he said (Ca), he painted crimes to make people hate them and fight them; but his ways in doing so still fuel polemics about what the acceptable role of the writer is. Most importantly, though, this reminds us of the complexity of writing³especially being a creative, committed writer of true novelty: It is necessary, these ostrogoths say, to look for the honorable man in the writer. The man...
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