DESCLOS, Anne, as Pauline Réage.

Story of O.

With an essay by Jean Paulhan of the Académie Française.

London: The Olympia Press, [1970] Stock Code: 142800
£250.00

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First UK edition, first impression, of perhaps the most infamous erotic novel of the 20th century, originally published in French under the title Histoire d'O by Parisian publisher Jean-Jacques Pauvert in 1954.

Its sadomasochistic content caused a scandal on publication and both Pauvert and Jean Paulhan (who was Desclos's lover and widely suspected of being the real author) were interrogated by police. "The enigma of Pauline Réage gave rise to a great deal of speculation concerning the true identity of the author It now seems certain that Pauline Réage is the pseudonym of Anne Desclos, a French critic and translator better known under another pseudonym, Dominique Aury" (Noyes, The Mastery of Submission, p. 42). It was awarded the Prix des Deux Magots the following year and its status as a genuine work of art was firmly established by Susan Sontag in her essay, The Pornographic Imagination (1969).

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Description

Octavo. Original black boards, spine lettered in silver, black endpapers. With the Ian Lee-designed dust jacket.

Condition

Spine ends a little bumped, light vertical crease to spine, the binding otherwise sharp, internally clean. A very good copy in the very good jacket, not price-clipped, light creasing to edges, rubbed, notably unfaded.

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