Léonor Fini: O-Artist no.11/ Her Owl Mask Inspired ‘Story of O’…

There was a time when few people of my acquaintance had heard of the artist Léonor Fini. This was despite the fact her work appeared in most anthologies of erotic art. Peter Webb attempted to change the situation with his exemplary Sphinx, The Life and art of Léonor Fini, a long held ambition realized and … Continue reading Léonor Fini: O-Artist no.11/ Her Owl Mask Inspired ‘Story of O’…

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The Story of O: The Manuscript

“You’ve never tied her up?” “No, never.” “And never whipped her?” “No, never whipped her either. But as a matter of fact…” It was her lover speaking. “As a matter of fact,” the other voice went on, “if you do tie her up from time to time, or whip her just a little, and she … Continue reading The Story of O: The Manuscript

Seeking Sir Stephen

A Fondness For Habits & Ritual In her veiled and beautifully written confession A Girl in Love, published as an introductory essay to Retour à Roissy (Story of O Part Two) Dominique Aury, writing as Pauline Réage, identified the origins of her cast of characters. René was “the vestige of an adolescent love”. As was … Continue reading Seeking Sir Stephen

O is for Opulance: the ‘Story of O’ (1975) Movie

"My obsession. My illogical and unconditional love. My jewel of French cinema." Disparaging remarks about Just Jaeckin's 1975 feature film Histoire d'O (Story of O) are today common place. One is used to reading about how the film veers away a little too much from the novel, how ridiculous the men's clothing appears to us … Continue reading O is for Opulance: the ‘Story of O’ (1975) Movie

Story of O: the ‘O’ Ring

 JE LIEBER JE LANGER The literal translation of the German phrase "je lieber je langer" is "the better the longer" In her poem which begins ‘Even long after my death’ Maria Martins (1900-1973), the vivacious wife of the Brazilian ambassador to the United States who was known to others as simply ‘Maria’ the surrealist sculptor … Continue reading Story of O: the ‘O’ Ring

ARTISTS of ‘O’ #10

"I seek to build a serene and peaceful world full of fulfilled dreams" - Françoise Muller French artist Françoise Muller illustrated Histoire d’O for Éditions Famot, a Swiss publishing house located in Geneva , created by Jean-Pierre Mouchard. Her illustrations for 'O' are little gems. Born in Strasbourg in 1949, Muller has describes her work as, "all about the continuing desire … Continue reading ARTISTS of ‘O’ #10

Joyeux anniversaire Histoire d’O

  Controversial book publisher Jean-Jacques Pauvert recalls in his La Traversée du livre, "Just before summer, I published, very officially, Histoire d'O." In the sixty four years that has since passed, Story of O has become one of the most widely read French novels. This is a book that had never been out of print. … Continue reading Joyeux anniversaire Histoire d’O

#MeToo Campaign Rejects Story of O Show

“The world is becoming more open-minded and we hope this is another stepping stone!” said photographer and exhibition director Espen Krughaug on the eve of the 'first' London Exhibition of Erotic Art (April 2018) [see photo above] Of course we know this is not the first exhibition of erotic art to take place in London … Continue reading #MeToo Campaign Rejects Story of O Show

A World of Books & Masks: Anne Desclos Writer of ‘O’

"O is... little more than... a shadow that murmurs in the night." - Pauline Reage In Virginia Woolf's 1929 essay, A Room of One's Own, Woolf noted, "For most of history, Anonymous was a woman". The writer of Story of O has been described as “the most secretive women of the literary world of the … Continue reading A World of Books & Masks: Anne Desclos Writer of ‘O’

ARTISTS of ‘O’ #8: Lynn Paula Russell

  Alea iacta est (The die is cast) For Lynn Paula Russell (you may know her as Paula Meadows, spanking-movie star and artist extraordinaire) the erotic novel 'Story of O' marked the beginning of a journey. It was her epiphany. The starting point for her very own sexual odyssey. “The woman I am now is … Continue reading ARTISTS of ‘O’ #8: Lynn Paula Russell