In My Library – the Marquis de Sade

August 13, 2022

The Marquis de Sade books in my library – descending:


The Self-Made Cuckold:



The Misfortunes of Virtue

The One Hundred and Twenty Days of Sodom


The Gothic Tales of the Marquis de Sade

The Crimes of Love

The Marquise de Gange

The Marquis de Sade: A Life (Schaeffer)


Crimes of Passion

Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom & Other Writings

Sade My Neighbour (Klossowski)

Sade: The Libertine Novels (Phillips)

The Mystified Magistrate

Some Thoughts on the Novel:

De Sade: Sex and Death:

Aline and Valcour (Vols. 1, 2 & 3)

Historiettes, Contes et Fabliaux (Stories, Tales and Fables)

Letters From Prison

Jean-Fucque by Louis Aragon

March 26, 2022

Adapted from the French by R J Dent

Inspired by Louis Aragon’s obscure surrealist text, R J Dent’s 21st century adaptation of Aragon’s absurdist tale recounts the adventures of Jean-Fucque (Le Cocque), a large, disembodied penis who had a series of exploits and encounters around Paris.

This English rendition recounts Jean-Fucque’s adventures on the Metro, including his satisfactory encounters with several female passengers, as well as details of his small room in a hotel frequented by prostitutes, and an explanation as to why Jean-Fucque buys a hat.

Jean-Fucque is No. 22 in the Pocket Erotica series.

Product details:

Publisher: ‎New Urge Editions / Pocket Erotica

Publication Date: November 24, 2021
Language: ‎English
Format: Paperback

Pages: 131
ISBN-10: ‎1737943042
ISBN-13: ‎978-1737943044
Item Weight: ‎5 ounces (141.74 grams)
Dimensions: ‎4 x 0.33 x 6 inches (10.16 x 0.84 x 15.24 cm)

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Charles Baudelaire – Selected Erotic Poems – A Review by Amanda Hodgson

February 5, 2022

Selected Erotic Poems

Charles Baudelaire

Translated from the French by RJ Dent

The Godfather of Gloom, Charles Baudelaire, gets the R J Dent treatment in a translation that brings new life and suppleness to his words.

Baudelaire is closed curtains in daytime, candles, overflowing ashtrays and small, intimate parties where small, intimate events occur; as in these closing lines from  “Jewels”:

‘And as the candle-light prepared to die,

 and its low flames gently lit the chamber,

each time there sounded a contented sigh,

our warm flesh blushed the colour of amber.’

Ennui-ridden existentialist Baudelaire gives us some dreamy transporting moments before we are mired in the sludge of sin once more. This is starkly drawn in ‘I love the memory’, where an Elysium in which ‘no shame was caused by sensuality’, men and women were naked and ‘heaven lovingly caressed their skin’ is firmly of the past. In trying to imagine such times in the present ‘a cold and gloomy feeling envelopes his soul’. It sounds more than cold and gloom. Cold and gloom is Britain pre-global warming most days. Cold and gloom is not

‘a black, terrifying tableau:

monstrosities crying out for their clothes;

twisted bodies, fat uglies needing masks,

the crooked, wasted, flabby, the grotesque –

who some practical god, serene and calm,

forced into metal clothes when they were born,

and every one as pale as candle wax,

who gnaw at their debauchery and sex

who drag with them their parents’ stupid vice

of bringing hideous progeny to life.’

The reader can feel the sun and smell the tamarind in ‘Exotic Perfume”, where Baudelaire is once more transported from the bleak present by a woman’s body. Baudelaire portrays women as representing good and evil on a metaphysical plane. I am filled with ennui over Madonna/Whore tropes but the imagery delights.

In “Hair” the woman of the poem is the sea. The poet dives in:

‘Into this black sea where other seas swell,

I’ll dip my lovingly rapturous head

and then, caressed by rolling waves, I will

find you again, idleness that’s fertile

enough to lull me into a sweet bed.’

There is much to delight in this translation. The rich, evocative imagery lends these poems to being read on silken bedding while languorously consuming peeled grapes. This translation serves as both introduction and companion to the works of Charles Baudelaire.

Charles Baudelaire – Selected Erotic Poems

Translated into English by R J Dent

Published by New Urge Editions

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The Celestial Bandit – a tribute to Lautreamont and Maldoror

December 17, 2021

Isidore Ducasse (1846-1870), better known by his pen name Comte de Lautréamont, is the most influential writer most people have never heard of. Maldoror, the first of his two works, has been described as the most evil book ever written. It has also been described as the funniest. Either way, it provides some of the most gorgeous, twisty, weird sentences in any language.

An inspiration to the Surrealists, post-colonial Caribbean writers, and the Situationists to name a few, Lautréamont still garners a following today. In The Celestial Bandit, editor Jordan A. Rothacker brings together twenty-four contemporary artists from music, visual arts, and the writing world to pay tribute to this unique and exciting influence. Poetry, essays, short stories, experimental texts, and a dictionary of disruptive neologisms, this anthology has it all. 

Contributing authors and artists include: Mark Amerika, Louis Armand, R J Dent, Seb Doubinsky, Steve Finbow, Chris Kelso, Callum Leckie, Golnoosh Nour, Jeremy Reed and Audrey Szasz, amongst others.

All profits from the sales of The Celestial Bandit will be donated to Surfrider Foundation for their efforts to protect our oceans that Ducasse loved so much.

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Charles Baudelaire and the Marquis de Sade

December 6, 2021

Charles Baudelaire and the Marquis de Sade.

Charles Baudelaire – Selected Erotic Poems

Translated into English by R J Dent

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Sade – Retaliation

Translated into English by R J Dent

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Kim Vodicka, author of Dear Ted: and @theelvismachine

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The Marquis de Sade, Louis Aragon, Charles Baudelaire…

November 26, 2021

Three translations and an adaptation by R J Dent

The Marquis de Sade’s Retaliation, book details here

The Marquis de Sade’s The Self-Made Cuckold, book details here

Louis Aragon’s Jean-Fucque (Le Cocque), book details here

Charles Baudelaire’s Selected Erotic Poems, book details here

All available as paperbacks in the Pocket Erotica Series from New Urge Editions

R J Dent’s official website is here

Selected Erotic Poems by Charles Baudelaire, translated into English by R J Dent

November 15, 2021

Charles Baudelaire’s decadent erotic poems caused a scandal when they first appeared in 1857. Both author and publisher were prosecuted for unveiling works that were ‘an insult to public decency’, and six poems in the collection were suppressed.

These so-called indecent works (banned in France until 1949) were: Lesbos; Condemned Women: Delphine and Hippolyta; Lethe; To One Who Is Too Happy; Jewels; and The Metamorphosis of the Vampire— and all are included in this Pocket Erotica edition, plus 20 more.

Selected Erotic Poems

Charles Baudelaire

Translated from the French by R J Dent

Pocket Erotica No. 21, New Urge Editions

ISBN 978-1737943037

Format: Paperback chapbook

Pages: 64

Charles Baudelaire’s Selected Erotic Poems is available here

Details are available here

The Self-Made Cuckold by the Marquis de Sade

November 6, 2021

The Self-Made Cuckold

The Marquis de Sade

Translated into English by R J Dent

The Marquis de Sade’s The Self-Made Cuckold, translated from the French by RJ Dent, is a rare work sans the notorious content Sade is infamous for. Indeed, it contains no savagely violent orgies nor flagellation. This little gem is — by comparison to The 120 Days of Sodom — libertine light and amusingly smutty. There is also a strain of feminism running through the book.

R J Dent’s brand-new English translation of the Marquis de Sade’s The Self-Made Cuckold, written by Sade when he was a prisoner in the Bastille in 1788, is now available as a paperback chapbook as #20 in the Pocket Erotica Series from New Urge Editions.

Product details:

Title: The Self-Made Cuckold

Author: the Marquis de Sade (D.A.F. de Sade)

Translator: R J Dent

Publisher: Pocket Erotica/New Urge Editions/Black Scat Books

Publication Date: November 2021

Format: Paperback

Pages: 60

Dimensions: 6” x 4” x 0.15” (15.24cm x 10.16 x 0.381cm)

Weight: 3.2 ounces (90.7185 grams)

Language: English

ISBN-13: 978-1737371199

ISBN-10: 1737371197

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Some Thoughts on the Novel by the Marquis de Sade

October 24, 2021

R J Dent’s modern English translation of the Marquis de Sade’s insightful and thought-provoking essay on literature and writing is now available in a bilingual edition from Oneiros Books.

Product details:

Title: Some Thoughts on the Novel

Author: the Marquis de Sade (D.A.F. de Sade)

Translator: R J Dent

Publisher: Oneiros Books

Format: Paperback

Pages: 112

Dimensions: 9” x 6” (23cm x 15cm)

Language: English and French (bilingual edition)

ISBN: 978-1-4717-9695-1

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Retaliation by the Marquis de Sade

September 12, 2021

Translated into English by R J Dent

From the back cover:

Did the notorious author of Justine and The 120 Days of Sodom have a sense of humor?

Indeed he did, and this short story shows a side of Sade few have seen. Here is a witty, libertine tale, free of flagellation and sexual perversion. Instead, it reveals a husband’s adultery and a wife’s clever “retaliation.”

This is decidedly a feminist text, and it punctures the double standard still infecting relations between men and women.

Translated from the French by R J Dent.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ New Urge Editions / Pocket Erotica (11 Sept. 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 52 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1737371170
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1737371175
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10.16 x 0.33 x 15.24 cm

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