Nicolas-Edme Rétif( 23 October 1734 - 3 February 1806 )
Nicolas-Edme Rétif or Nicolas-Edme Restif , also known as Rétif de la Bretonne, was a French novelist. The term retifism for shoe fetishism was named after him.
Born at Sacy, he was educated by the Jansenists at >Bicêtre, and on the expulsion of the Jansenists was received by one of his brothers, who was a >curé. Owing to a scandal in which he was involved, he was apprenticed to a printer at Auxerre, and, having served his time, went to Paris. Here he worked as a journeyman printer, and in 1760 he married Anne or Agnès Lebègue, a relation of his former master at Auxerre.
It was not until five or six years after his marriage that Rétif appeared as an author, and from that time to his death he produced a bewildering multitude of books, amounting to something like two hundred volumes,...