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Marquis de Sade was a French politician, revolutionist, writer, and philosopher made famous by his perverse sexual writings. Marquis de Sade lived 1740-1814, and spent 35 years of his life in prison or asylums.
Marquis de Sade authored many literary pieces including novels, short stories, and plays. Best known for his erotic works, Marquis de Sade often combined philosophical dialogue with pornography, which focused heavily on violence and criminality. Philosophically he stood on the side of freedom - moral or otherwise, and it is from his name that the words sadism and sadist were derived. Marquis de Sade is best known for his novel Justine.