Today’s Birthday: THE MARQUIS DE SADE (1740)

 

English: Monument to the Marquis de Sade in fr...

English: Monument to the Marquis de Sade in front of the castle of Lacoste (Vaucluse). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Marquis de Sade (1740)

Described by French poet Guillaume Apollinaire as “the freest spirit that has yet existed,” the Marquis de Sade was a French novelist and philosopher infamous for his wildly liberal lifestyle and erotic writings. The term “sadism” derives from his depictions of

The drawing dates to 1760, when the Sade was n...

The drawing dates to 1760, when the Sade was nearly 20 years old. It’s the only known authentic portrait of the Marquis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

violent behavior, and he spent decades in prisons and insane asylums for his scandalous actions. How did he try to incite a riot at the Bastille, where he was imprisoned just days before it was stormed by French revolutionariesMore… Discuss

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