Pauline Reage

Pauline Reage is the pseudonym of Anne Desclos, a French author and journalist. She is best known for her erotic novel 'Story of O' (Histoire d'O), published in 1954, which caused much controversy due to its explicit themes of BDSM and submission. Desclos initially wrote the book as a series of love letters to her lover, Jean Paulhan, who had admired the work of the Marquis de Sade. The book's publication was met with both acclaim and outrage, and for many years, the identity of Pauline Reage was kept a secret. Desclos publicly admitted to being the author of 'Story of O' in 1994, four years before her death.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. Story of O

    "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 any form of sexual conduct, to ensure her lover's satisfaction. As part of her training, she agrees to be regularly stripped, bound, whipped, and shared among several men. The story explores the themes of love, freedom, and the paradox of control and power in sexual relationships.