Story of O
Author: Pauline Réage, Sabine d'Estree
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: May 12, 1981
The Story of O relates the progressive willful debasement of a young and beautiful Parisian fashion photographer, O, who wants nothing more than to be a slave to her lover, René. The test is severe—sexual in method, psychological in substance… The artistic interest here has precisely to do with the use not only of erotic materials but also erotic methods, the deliberate stimulation of the reader as a part of and means to a total, authentic literary experience.
—Eliot Fremont-Smith, The New York Times