Adelaide of Brunswick by Donatien Alphonse François, comte de Sade
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Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade; 2 June 1740 – 2 December 1814), was a French nobleman, revolutionary politician, philosopher and writer, famous for his libertine sexuality. His works include novels, short stories, plays, dialogues, and political tracts. In his lifetime some of these were published under his own name while others, which Sade denied having written, appeared anonymously. Sade is best known for his erotic works, which combined philosophical discourse with pornography, depicting sexual fantasies with an emphasis on violence, suffering, criminality, and blasphemy against Christianity. He gained notoriety for putting these fantasies into practice. He claimed to be a proponent of absolute freedom, unrestrained by morality, religion, or law. The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name.
This book, "Adelaide of Brunswick," is one of Sade's historical tales, discovered among his papers after his death. It demonstrates the range and ability of a man whom history has vilified, but who was inarguably a philosopher, dramatist and author of the first magnitude.