Friday, December 19, 2014

French letters: Fifty Shades of Grey publisher buys erotic correspondence

Letters written in the 1920s from an unknown young woman to her married lover, detailing her increasing sexual desperation, are to be published next year

Letters from Mademoiselle Simone
Letters from Mademoiselle Simone
The publisher who signed up Fifty Shades of Grey has acquired a cache of erotic letters written almost a century ago in France by a woman to her married lover, detailing the increasing lengths she will go to, and the taboos she will break, to keep his interest.

Now snapped up by publishers around the world, the letters were discovered by the diplomat Jean-Yves Berthault in the cellar of a friend’s old apartment. They were exchanged between the well-to-do Mademoiselle Simone, and her married, younger lover Charles, in 1920s Paris, starting “with Simone’s own sexual awakening and becom[ing] increasingly erotic and explicit as their relationship develops, and Simone pushes the boundaries of what was acceptable in order to keep Charles satisfied,” said William Heinemann, which acquired the collection less than 48 hours after it was submitted.

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