Story of O — Anne Desclos (1907-1998) began Histoire d’O as a private lover letter (4)

Story of O (French: Histoire d'O) is an erotic novel published in 1954 by French author Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage. Desclos did not reveal herself as the author for forty years after the initial publication and says she wrote the novel as a series of love letters to her lover Jean Paulhan. Paulhan was an admirer of the work of the Marquis de Sade and we note that Story of O is similar to the obsesions of the Marquis's works: love, dominance and submission.

Story of O (French: Histoire d’O) is an erotic novel published in 1954 by French author Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage. Desclos did not reveal herself as the author for forty years after the initial publication and says she wrote the novel as a series of love letters to her lover Jean Paulhan. Paulhan was an admirer of the work of the Marquis de Sade and we note that Story of O is similar to the obsesions of the Marquis’s works: love, dominance and submission.

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