Marquis de Sade's probably best known novel is Justine or the Misfortunes of Virtue. He is himself most remembered for giving his name to the sexual practice of sadism, of which you will find a lot in his books.
More recent classics include:
John Cleland's classic Fanny Hill (ca. 1750) is the story of a prostitute in 18th century London, who rises through prostitution to become a married woman. Very explicit for its time.
Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, who gave his name to the sexual practice of masochism - the opposite side of sadism - wrote Venus in Furs about Severin von Kusiemski, who loves Wanda van Dunajew and feels that the best way to express his love is to suffer at her hands.
A quite recent novel, purportedly autobiographical, is Catherine Millet's The Sexual Life of Catherine M. Millet leaves little for your fantasy as she describes her sexual encounters quite explicitly. As Millet is a quite well-known person in France, her book was received with both shock and surprise.
Making headlines when it came out in Italy, One Hundred Strokes of the Brush Before Bed is the purportedly autobiographical novel about an adolescent girls sexual awakening, her fantasies and her living out her sexuality in a number of ways.
Belle De Jour: Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl describes the life of a London callgirl, her customers, friends and lovers.
To be continued....
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