Asylum director Abbe de Coulmier discouraged the medieval and inhumane treatment of mental patients of the day. He favored treating patients of Charenton through artistic expression; hence his friend and most famous inmate, the Marquis de Sade, is provided paper and quills for his writing exercises. But when the Marquis's vulgar novels - stories so obscene they drive men to murder and women to miscarry - find their way to a publisher and beyond, the Ministry decides he must be stopped. They send… Show more
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