The Story of O Author:Pauline Reage English edition - Translated by John Paul Hand — This new translation of the classic erotic novel "Story of O," winner of the 1955 prix des Deux Magots (the French prized for unconventional literature), tells of the sexual advventues of a young Parisian fashion photographer known only as O. Unlike Justine, the heroine of the Marquis de Sade's mo... more »st famous work, O is more than willing to partake in forced sex, torture, and bondage because she loves the men who enslave her. O's lover, Rene is the first to introduce her to the chateau at Roissy, where women are owned by men. Later, Rene "gives" O to his stepbrother, Sir Stephen, who takes her further into sadomasochism. Complicating the triangle is Jacqueline, a blase fashion model with whom O falls in love; Jacqueline doesn't give a fig about O or Rene -- though both have become her lovers-- but still she instigates their breakup. O, however does not mind in the least--she has been branded with Sir Stephen's initials and has transferred her powerful feelings to him.
The work of a pseudonymous author using the name Pauline Reage, "Story of O" first appeared in France in 1954 and in the United Stated in 1965. Its crator has never been identified, but the book has been attributed at various times to French authors Andre Malraux, Henry de Montherlant, Raymond Queneau and Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues. According to Michael Perkins, author of "The secret Round," a classic study of erotic literature, the true author is most likely a woman--literary critic Dominique Aury.*
*Prior to her death in 1998, French author Anne Desclos revealed herself as the author.« less