Donatien Alphonse François, Comte de Sade: (born: June 2, 1740, Paris, France. died: Dec. 2, 1814, Charenton, near Paris).
The great unread. Many know the name but few have explored the works and history of the man, if man he was. For if he was a man he is no longer a man.
It is as if he were some great hero or criminal who perhaps existed in the ancient world, whose human attributes have been stripped away by time and deeds magnified by the retelling until nothing remains but the supra human. But de Sade was a man though this need not unduly detain us. Here we are concerned not with what he was, but with what he has become, what he has transfigured into. As such he is a useful example of how a mere mortal can become a mythic figure of superhuman powers he never had in life.
The chronology of de Sade is give thus