PARIS: A Walk Around Histoire d'O Every city tempts its visitors with a variety of facts and fancies – no more so than Paris, which wears its history on its sleeve, so to speak. Parks and gardens are festooned with aging sculptures, restaurants boast of past celebrity customers, and the little booksellers (the Bouquinistes) along … Continue reading PARIS: In Search of ‘O’
LONELY CAPTIVE OR BEAUTIFUL SLAVE GIRL? In these times of the digital-download, are we all reading from the same page?Story of O or The Story of O (often the definitive article enforces itself), is THE BDSM novel with a metafictional streak (the novel has two alternative beginnings and endings), penned by a mysterious French woman … Continue reading LONELY CAPTIVE OR BEAUTIFUL SLAVE GIRL?
''women are as immoral as men, period," - Elisabeth Porquerol on Story of O “A scandal in France -- where it was denounced as ''an appalling and condemnable ferment" -- and the object of immediate suppression in Great Britain and America, ''The Story of O" was widely assumed to have been written by a man, … Continue reading The tropes of Story of O
SHE & HE: The story behind Story of O continue to intrigue. Its author Dominique Aury was described thus; “Elle était une idée, une fumée, une douleur, la négation d’un destin.” Her lover Jean Paulhan (she wrote Story of O for him) was described as having a sort of fine “eloquence”, a “bizarre blend of … Continue reading Jean Paulhan, Dominique Aury & their Artists …Revised…
It must be the somewhat mild bane of every bloggerthat snippets of information surface too late for the subject already blogged. And yet one welcomes every grain of sand that can be added to the knowledge previously sought. Hence the continual search for little gems, petite gobbets - to ones taste, and interest, - food … Continue reading Story of O: Notes in a margin
When recently, on a well-known social media website, a young Story of O enthusiast posed the question, "Is this a book that it still widely read?" I couldn't help wondering what the true answer might be in the present climate post-#MeToo, in the wake of re-prints piggy-backing on the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, … Continue reading Is ‘Story of O’ still widely read?
For my 80th O-Blog I celebrate the book covers of "O" Story of O (Histoire d'O), the erotic novel written by French author and woman of letters, Dominique Aury (Anne Desclos) under the pen name Pauline Réage, was published in French by Jean-Jacques Pauvert in the summer of 1954. Aury did not reveal herself as … Continue reading Story of O Book-covers from Around the World
Passion, Fancy and Unsatisfied Desires This remarkable painting by the Polish artist Tadeusz Styka (1889-1954) recently presented itself, quite by surprise, on my Facebook screen and put me in mind of a phrase only half remembered; "those Kinds of Distress which excite agreeable Sensations". Not only did I go in search of information about Tade … Continue reading ‘Unsatisfied Desires’ & Pornographic ‘O’
(beautiful art by Patrice Dohollo) "Female erotic writing is an enterprise that, in order to achieve its fullest realization, requires many diverse voices and narrations, given the many different experiences each one of us carries with us and brings to bear along the way." - Maria Rosa Cutrufelli "The woman born Anne Desclos one hundred … Continue reading O – au contraire
"Stories of O: Sir Stephen & the Owl" (2021) diptych in oil by Stefan Prince Auction Sale: Another artist to add to my gradually increasing list of 'Artists of O' goes by the initials of 'AB'. Auctioneers Christies recently sold this first edition of Histoire d'O ([Paris:] Jean-Jacques Pauvert, 1954). It included eight original sketches … Continue reading Another dip into my ‘O’ scrapbook: artists of ‘O’, could-be artists of O, plus our lady author of ‘O’…