16 Things You Didn’t Know About The Marquis De Sade, The Man ‘Sadism’ Was Named After

Donatien Alphonse François de Sade, or the Marquis de Sade, became well-known for his depraved sexual proclivities. The French aristocrat was a philosopher and prolific writer who penned erotic works featuring rape, incest, violence, and blasphemy – the majority of which he wrote during the 30-plus years he spent in prison. His name even helped coin the words “sadist” and “sadism” (meaning to derive sexual pleasure from causing others pain).

While he certainly had a penchant for painful, illegal, and immoral sex practices, Sade did eventually get married. He even had three children with his wife, though he cheated on her numerous times with a variety of people – prostitutes, men, and even his sister-in-law. If you can think of it, Sade probably either did it or wrote about it (probably both). While you may have heard about Sade’s more shocking exploits, here are some other facts about his life you may not know.