Thursday, October 21, 2004

The Big O

The Story of O, a notorious French novel about a woman and a magnificent obsession, turns 50 this year. To mark the occasion, France has included the work on an official list of national triumphs. Attributed author Pauline Reage made her heroine and this book a must-read of erotica.

Pauline was identified 10 years ago as Dominique Aury, a woman of distinction in French letters. She wrote the book in her 40s to prove to her lover, Jean Paulhan of the French Academy, that a woman could write effective pornography. He was impressed, arranged its publication and even wrote an introduction for the book.

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