Anne Desclos was born 23 September 1907, and died 27 April 1998
What could I do? I couldn’t paint, I couldn’t write poetry. What could I do to make him sit up?
On why she had written The Story of O for her lover, Jean Paulhan.
Desclos was a French journalist, translator, editor, judge of literary prizes, and novelist who wrote under the pseudonyms Dominique Aury and Pauline Réage. Desclos wrote a graphic, sadomasochistic novel under the pseudonym Pauline Réage in June 1954. Titled Histoire d’O (Story of O), it was an enormous, though controversial, commercial success.
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