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Marquis de Sade

2 June 1740 - 2 December 1814

Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade was a French aristocrat and writer famous for his libertine sexuality and lifestyle. His works include novels, short stories, plays, and political tracts; in his lifetime some were published under his own name, while others appeared anonymously and Sade denied being their author. He is best known for his erotic novels, which combined philosophical discourse with pornography, depicting bizarre sexual fantasies with an emphasis on violence, criminality, and blasphemy against the Catholic Church. He was a proponent of extreme freedom, unrestrained by morality, religion or law.

Sade was incarcerated in various prisons and in an insane asylum for about 32 years of his life; eleven years in Paris (10 of which were spent in the Bastille) a month in Conciergerie, two years in a fortress, a year in Madelonnettes, three years in Bicêtre, a year in Sainte-Pélagie, and 13 years in the Charenton asylum. Many of his works were written in prison. The term "sadism" is derived from his name.

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September 30, 2020 Edited by Clean Up Bot add ISNI
March 4, 2020 Edited by Tom Morris Remove bad AKA
December 7, 2018 Edited by LeadSongDog merge authors
March 31, 2017 Edited by Clean Up Bot add VIAF and wikidata ID
April 29, 2008 Created by an anonymous user initial import