After completing her studies at the Sorbonne , she worked as a journalist until when she joined Gallimard Publishers as the editorial secretary for one of its imprints where she began using the pen name of Dominique Aury. Eliot , F. Scott Fitzgerald and numerous others. She became a critic and was made a member of the jury for several prominent literary awards. The book caused much speculation as to the identity of the author.
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After completing her studies at the Sorbonne , she worked as a journalist until when she joined Gallimard Publishers as the editorial secretary for one of its imprints where she began using the pen name of Dominique Aury. Eliot , F.
Scott Fitzgerald and numerous others. She became a critic and was made a member of the jury for several prominent literary awards. The book caused much speculation as to the identity of the author. However, according to her recent biography by Angie David, Desclos did not write this second novel. An English-language edition of the interview was released in the United States in by Viking Press. Eventually, Desclos publicly admitted that she was the author of The Story of O in , 40 years after the book was published, in an interview with The New Yorker.
Documentaries[ edit ] Writer of O, a documentary film by Pola Rapaport , mixed interviews with re-enactments of certain scenes from the book. This book was written about how Story of O was written. In the film, she recounts the extraordinary love story behind Story of O and marvels that she has reached such a grand age.
She was actively bisexual at times in her life. She had a son from a brief marriage in her early twenties.
Story of O
Plot[ edit ] 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 oral , vaginal , and anal intercourse , offering herself to any male who belongs to the same secret society as her lover. She is regularly stripped, blindfolded, chained , and 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. At the climax , O is presented as a sexual slave , nude but for an 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 referred 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.