"Story of O" is an elegant S&M fantasy that has resonated with erotica fans worldwide.

In fact, the heroine's signature ring is often worn by BDSM practitioners as a discreet sign of allegiance. Known simply as O, the tale's protagonist is a beautiful fashion photographer who voluntarily submits herself to all sorts of domination, including whipping, branding and piercing. Published in uptight 1954, the book was banned in some places yet received literary awards and sits today on a list of national triumphs in France. Many assumed for a long time that it was written by a man, for no woman would dream up such scenes of debasement and depravity. On the contrary, it was created by a Frenchwoman who wrote under a pseudonym and who didn't fess up to her authorship until 40 years later!