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. .