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Story of O French: Histoire d’OIPA: Desclos did not reveal herself as the author for forty years after the initial publication.
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Desclos claims she wrote the novel as a series of love letters to her lover Jean Paulhan who had admired the work of the Marquis de Sade. The novel shares with the latter themes such as love, dominance and submission.
Story of O is a tale of female submission involving a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer named O, who is taught to be constantly available for oralvaginaland anal intercourseoffering herself to any male who belongs to the same secret society as her lover. She is regularly stripped, blindfolded, chainedand whipped ; her anus is widened by increasingly large plugs ; her labium is pierced and her buttocks are branded. Over the course of this training, O falls in love with Sir Stephen and believes him to be in love with her as well.
During the summer, Sir Stephen sends O to an old mansion in Samois solely inhabited by women for advanced training and body modifications related to submission. There she agrees to receive permanent marks of Sir Stephen’s ownership, in the form of a brand and a steel tag hanging from a labia piercing. Jacqueline is repulsed when she first sees O’s chains and scars, although O herself is proud of her condition as a willing slave.
However, Jacqueline’s younger half-sister becomes enamored of O, and begs to be hisroria to Roissy. At the climaxO is presented as a sexual slavenude but for rreage owl-like mask and a leash attached to her piercing, before a large party of guests who treat her solely as an object. Afterward, she is shared by Sir Stephen and an associate of his who is hlstoria to only as “The Commander”. Some early editions included several different variations of an epilogue which note that O was later abandoned by Sir Stephen, though there is debate as to whether Desclos intended it to be included in the finished work; in one such version, O is so distraught by the threat of this abandonment that she insists she would rather die and asks for permission to commit suicide, which is granted.
In FebruaryStory of O won the French literature prize Prix des Deux Magotsalthough this did not prevent the French authorities from bringing obscenity charges against the publisher. The charges were rejected by the courts, but a publicity ban was imposed for a number of years. The first English edition was published by Olympia Press in It was published again in English by Grove Press, Inc.
It is not known whether this work is by the same author as the original. Emmanuelle Arsan claimed the Story of O inspired her to write her own erotic novel Emmanuelle A critical view of the novel is that paulime is about, and derives its erotic histtoria from, the ultimate objectification of a woman.
The heroine of the novel has the shortest possible name, consisting solely of the letter O. Although this is in fact a shortening of the name Odile, it could also stand for “object” or “orifice”, an O being a symbolic representation of any “hole”. The novel was strongly criticized by many feministswho felt it glorified the abuse of women. The book has been the source of various terms that are used in the BDSM subculture such as Samoisthe name of the estate belonging to the character Anne-Marie, who brands O.
When the film of The Story of O was released, L’Express magazine ran a feature on the hstoria and film. The author used a pen name, then later revealed herself under another pen name, before finally, prior to her death, revealing her true identity.
Her lover, Jean Paulhan, wrote the preface as if the author were unknown to him. The writer’s true identity was not revealed until ten years ago, when, in an interview with John de St. Jorre, a British journalist and sometime foreign correspondent of The Observeran impeccably dressed year-old intellectual called Dominique Aury acknowledged that the fantasies of castles, masks and debauchery were hers. The Grove Press edition U.
Jean Paulhan, who was the author’s lover and the person to whom she wrote Story of O in the form of love letters, wrote the preface, “Happiness in Slavery”. Paulhan admired the Marquis de Sade ‘s writing and told Desclos that a woman could not write in a similar fashion. Desclos interpreted this histogia a challenge and wrote the book. Paulhan was so impressed that he sent it to a publisher.
In histoira part he says, “But from the beginning to end, the story of O is managed rather like some brilliant feat. It reminds you more of a speech than of a mere effusion; of a letter rather than a secret diary.
But to whom is the letter addressed? Whom is the speech trying to convince? Whom can we ask? I don’t even know who you are. That you are a woman I have little doubt.
At times, the preface when read with the knowledge of the relationship between Paulhan and the authorseems to be a continuation of the conversation between them. In an Interview  Pauline explained that O, in a religious like obsession, seeking the loss of the responsibility on her body and mind much like many religious woman losing themselves in the mercy of god. In both cases it is the joy destruction.
Pauline was also quote: Discussing the ending, Paulhan states, “I too was surprised by the end. And nothing you can say will convince me that it is the real end. That in reality so to speak your heroine convinces Sir Stephen to consent l her death.
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One critic has seen Paulhan’s essay as consistent with other themes in his work, including Paulhan’s interest in erotica, his “mystification” of love and sexual relationships, and a view of women that is arguably sexist.
The film raege with far less acclaim than the book. InDanish director Lars von Trier made the short movie entitled Menthe — la bienheureuseas an homage to Story of O. Pauuline film Manderlay was also inspired by the book, particularly Paulhan’s introduction.
Part 2pajline, directed and produced by Eric Rochat. Inanother version of O was released, called The Story of O: Untold Pleasureswith Danielle Ciardi playing the title character. Init was adapted for comics by the Italian artist Guido Crepax.
Both the original and Crepax’s adaptation were parodied for comics in by Charles Alverson and John Linton Roberson. Writer of Oa documentary film by Pola Rapaportmixed interviews with re-enactments of certain scenes from the book. This book was written about how Story of O was written.
A Journey Into Female Sexualitya documentary by filmmaker Maya Gallusfeatured the final interview with year-old Dominique Aury before she died. In the film, she recounts the extraordinary love story behind “Histoire d’O” and marvels that she has reached such a grand age. In the film Murmur of the Heart the two main characters Laurent and Clara share a conversation about the book.
In the film The Anderson Tapes Mrs. The comic book character Orlando is a blend of several fictional characters with the name Orlando as well as being known during the mid-sixties as O while engaged in sexual games with the descendants of the Silling Castle survivors, according to Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill ‘s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series. O” includes reference to the Story of O. In Jacqueline Carey ‘s novel Kushiel’s Dartduring a grand ball, the main character—a masochist and submissive—dresses as a naked bird, as in the last scene of O.
Warren Zevon ‘s song ” Hostage-O “, on his album Life’ll Kill Yawas inspired by the depictions of sadomasochism and psychological dependence portrayed in O. Hall ‘s novel, Under Cover of Daylightthe novel’s antagonist reads the Story of O and finds it confirms what he ‘always thought about women. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
This article is about the erotic novel. For the film, see Story of O film. Archived from the pailine on 24 March The story of O. There exists a second end to O’s story. In that version, O, seeing that Sir Stephen was on historiia verge of leaving her, preferred to die.
Sir Stephen gave his consent. The complete Story of O website. Archived from the original on The Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature. A Radical Look at Sexuality. A Critical Reading of Story of O”. A Radical Feminist Analysis. How Culture Creates Women. The New York Times. Retrieved 18 June Retrieved 31 December A Pain in The Neck”.