Sunday, September 23, 2012

On September 23

On this day in ...
... 1907 (105 years ago today), Anne Desclos (left) was born in Rochefort, France. Educated at the Sorbonne, she worked 1st as a journalist and then at Gallimard publishing house, where she adopted one of her pen names, Dominique Aury. She translated into French English-language authors including Virginia Woolf and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Reacting to the contention of her employer/lover that women could not write erotic novels, under the pseudonym Pauline Réage she penned Story of O (1954), which sparked an obscenity prosecution. (photo credit) Declos/Aury/Réage, who was named a Chevalier of France's Legion d'Honneur, died in 1998.

(Prior September 23 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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