The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (1983)
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (1983)
Before E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day'sBared to You, there was Anne Rice’sNew York Timesbest sellerThe Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

In the traditional folktale of "Sleeping Beauty," the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind's unconscious. In the first book of the trilogy, Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquelaure, retells the Beauty story and probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire. Here the Prince awakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him . . . as Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience. Readers ofFifty Shades of Greywill indulge in Rice’s deft storytelling and imaginative eroticism, a sure-to-be classic for years to come.


"Articulate, baroque, and fashionably pornographic."

"Something very special . . . at once so light and yet so haunting."
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