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New York: Grove Press, (1965). First U.S. edition. Translated from the French by "Sabine d'Estree" (Richard Seaver); preface, "Happiness in Slavery," by Desclos's lover, Jean Paulhan (who does not reveal himself as such herein); note on the story by Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues. An erotic novel first published in 1954 under the pen name Réage. It wasn't until 40 years after publication that Desclos revealed herself to be the author, though she did so under the identity of Dominique Aury. According to Aury/Desclos, it was written as a series of letters to Paulhan, who admired the work of the Marquis de Sade and claimed a woman couldn't write the way he did. Well she showed him, huh? Black cloth boards with silver stamped spine. Near fine in very good or better dust jacket with tiny chip, few small tears and inconspicuous snag in front flap fold. Scarce.
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