Nisha Rathode

Anne Desclos

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedIn
Occupation  Journalist, Novelist
Role  Journalist
Name  Anne Desclos

Genre  Fictional prose
Nationality  French
Education  Sorbonne
Anne Desclos TOP 24 QUOTES BY ANNE DESCLOS AZ Quotes
Born  23 September 1907 Rochefort, France (1907-09-23)
Died  April 27, 1998, Corbeil-Essonnes, France
Movies  Story of O, Writer of O, Sun in Your Eyes
Books  Story of O, Return to the Chateau, Story Of O Part Two: Return to, Retour à Roissy, Retorno A Roissy
Similar People  Jean Paulhan, Just Jaeckin, Xaviera Hollander, Sebastien Japrisot, Pola Rapaport

Anne Cécile Desclos (23 September 1907 – 27 April 1998) was a French journalist and novelist who wrote under the pseudonyms Dominique Aury and Pauline Réage.

Contents

Anne Desclos Registry of Pseudonyms

Early life

Anne Desclos Im Schatten der O Subregister Geisteswissenschaften FAZ

Born in Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, France to a bilingual family, Desclos began reading in French and English at an early age. After completing her studies at the Sorbonne, she worked as a journalist until 1946 when she joined Gallimard Publishers as the editorial secretary for one of its imprints where she began using the pen name of Dominique Aury.

Anne Desclos httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediaenthumb5

An avid reader of English literature, Desclos either translated or introduced to readers in France such renowned authors as Algernon Charles Swinburne, Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and numerous others. She became a critic and was made a member of the jury for several prominent literary awards.

Career

Anne Desclos Anne Desclos Journalist Anne Ccile Desclos was a French

Desclos' lover and employer Jean Paulhan, a fervent admirer of the Marquis de Sade, had made the remark to her that no woman was capable of writing an erotic novel. To prove him wrong, Desclos wrote a graphic, sadomasochistic novel that was published under the pseudonym Pauline Réage in June 1954. Titled Histoire d'O (Story of O), with a sympathetic preface by Jean Paulhan which nevertheless did not reveal her identity, it was an enormous, though controversial, commercial success. The book caused much speculation as to the identity of the author. Many doubted that it was a woman, let alone the demure, intellectual, and almost prudish persona displayed in Dominique Aury's writings. Many well-known male writers were alternately suspected to be the author, including André Malraux and Henri de Montherlant.

Anne Desclos Anne Desclos 19071998 escritora francesa cuyo principal

In addition, the book's graphic content sparked so much controversy that the following March the government authorities brought obscenity charges against the publisher and its mysterious author that were thrown out of court in 1959. However, a publicity ban and a restriction on the book's sale to minors was imposed by the judge. Following the lifting of the publicity ban in 1967, the conclusion to Story of O was published under the title Retour à Roissy using the pseudonym of Pauline Réage. However, according to her recent biography by Angie David, Desclos did not write this second novel. In 1975, she did a long interview about erotic books with author Régine Deforges, published by Story of O editor Jean-Jacques Pauvert, yet at the time her authorship was still unknown. An English-language edition of the interview was released in the United States in 1979 by Viking Press.

Anne Desclos Pauline Reage aka Dominque Aury aka Anne Ccile Desclos

Eventually, Desclos publicly admitted that she was the author of The Story of O in 1994, 40 years after the book was published, in an interview with The New Yorker. She also explained the pseudonym of Pauline Réage: she chose the first name in homage to Pauline Bonaparte and Pauline Roland and she randomly picked up the name of Réage on a topographic map.

Personal life

Desclos had a long-term relationship with her employer Jean Paulhan, the director of the prestigious Nouvelle Revue Française, who was 23 years older than her. She was actively bisexual at times in her life. She notoriously had a liaison with historian and novelist Édith Thomas, who may have been an inspiration for the character of Anne-Marie in Story of O. She had a son from a brief marriage in her early twenties.

References

Anne Desclos Wikipedia


Similar Topics
Jean Paulhan
Just Jaeckin
Xaviera Hollander
Topics