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Leopold Sacher-Masoch

(1836--95)- invented the literary character of the Masochist in the 1870s. Masochism - psychosexual disorder in which erotic release is achieved through having pain inflicted on oneself. The opposite of sadism. Masoch was a successful novelist with over ninety books to his name. One book made him famous - "Venus in Furs", which is based on real events from the author's life. In it he described his passion to be beaten and bruised by his ideal woman.

Life and work of Sacher-Masoch.
Leopold von Sacher-Masoch article from Human Sexuality: An Encyclopedia
Leopold von Sacher-Masoch Biography, Galician Storyteller, The Legacy of Cain, Philosemitism and Feminism, Private Life, Later Years, Sacher-Masoch and Masochism

Books
Venus in Furs
The Confessions of Wanda von Sacher-Masoch by Wanda Von Sacher-Masoch
Venus in Furs, a Novel : Letters of Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch and Emilie Mataja
Masochism : Coldness and Cruelty by Gilles Deleuze, Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch
The master masochist: tales of sadistic mistresses

Light for Others and Other Jewish Tales from Galicia (Studies in Austrian Literature, Culture, and Thought Translation Series)

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch at amazon
Masochizm and Sadism (Marquis De Sade) at amazon.com