The Story of The Story of O


A French author with three different pseudonyms wrote a best-selling pornographic novel, which was once considered “the most shocking book ever written,” so you know it’s good. This Guernica article relays the story of this elusive author, discussing her work, The Story of O, in all of its contextual and lasting significance.

“Depending on your erotic wishes and habits, Story of O will disturb you, frighten you, make you angry, make you upset, confuse you, disgust you, or turn you on. Maybe everything at once. Decades after its publication, the novel has not lost its shock value.”

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