The Story of O: Background

This month we are reading The Story of O, the classic novel of erotic submission by Pauline Réage! You are welcome to join our discussion, either at our face-to-face meeting, our FetLife group, or here.

We are incredibly lucky that so much background information has become available recently:

There is also a sequel, Return to the Chateau, which is pretty universally agreed to be a waste of time except that it also includes “A Girl in Love”, Pauline Réage’s brilliant essay on how her book came to be.

‘Who am I, finally,’ said Pauline Réage, ‘if not the long silent part of someone, the secret and nocturnal part which has never betrayed itself in public by any thought, word, or deed, but communicates through the subterranean depths of the imaginary with dreams as old as the world itself?’ – “A Girl in Love” by Pauline Réage

Postscript from Yingtai: I’m curious what O says about Sade. And I think Carrie’s Story and its sequel say interesting things about O too. Will see if I can write something coherent about this.

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