Marquis de Sade
THE MARQUIS DE SADE (1740–1814) was a French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher, and writer, famous for his libertine sexuality. De Sade was born in Paris and served as a cavalry officer in the Seven Years War. His debauched life led to long periods of imprisonment, during which much of his work was written. He was freed at the time of the Revolution and he became a zealous revolutionary; however, the publication of such works as Justine and La Philosphie Dans La Boudoir resulted in his renewed imprisonment and in 1803 he was declared insane and committed to the asylum at Charenton, where he died in 1814.
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