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The Marquis de Sade

             The Marquis de Sade ,byname of Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade,.
             was born on June 2, 1740, in Paris France. He was the only surviving child to the .
             aristocratic family of Jean-Baptiste de Sade and his wife Marie-Eléonore de Maillé. .
             At the age of four, de Sade was sent to Avifnon into the care of his uncle, Abbe de .
             Sade. Little is known about him from age four until after his entrance into college at .
             Jesuit college of Louis Le Grand. .
             From the ages of fourteen to to twenty-six de Sade was in the active military .
             service, and served in the Seven Years War ( 1754-1761). Two years later in 1763, at .
             the wishes of his parents, de Sade married Renee-Pelagie de Montreuil, a rich .
             young aristocrat girl. Although married, de Sade continued to keep a Mistress. Many .
             times over the course of the next several years, de Sade found himself in prison on .
             various different charges. The most famous being for his enjoyment of cruelty .
             amongst the women that he was sexually involved with.
             Sade was known to keep many prostitutes, and among these were the ones .
             that were most sexually abused. At one point, he seduced his sister-in-law, and ran .
             off with her to Marseilles. There it was said that she had been whipped with a "Paper .
             Cat", ( a type of masturbation device made from parchment, stuck with bent pins), .
             and switches made from heather. It is also known that he whipped a beggar that he .
             invited into his home with a cat-o-nine tails and a knotted cord, slashed her with a .
             knife, and then poured molten wax into the wounds.
             During his years in prison Sade began to write many erotic works of art, .
             becoming the most infamous writer in the history of French literature, who .
             occasionally has been hailed as "the freest spirit who has ever existed . Sade gave .
             birth to the term Sadism from these and several other acts, which means.
             the enjoyment of cruelty. .

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