New American Library; Boxed edition ISBN: 0452156610
The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, erotic BDSM novels set in a medieval fantasy world, was written by Anne Rice under the pseudonym of A. N. Roquelaure. The trilogy comprises The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment and Beauty’s Release, first published individually in 1983, 1984 and 1985.
“The trilogy was written in the 1980s when many feminists denounced pornography as violation of women’s rights, but Rice firmly believed that women should have the freedom to read and write whatever they pleased, and considered the trilogy her political statement.” Wikipedia has an an interesting discourse on the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy.
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty/em>: In the traditional folk tale “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. Anne Rice’s retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire.
Beauty’s Punishment:/em>: This sequel to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, the first of Anne Rice’s elegantly written volumes of erotica, continues her explicit, teasing exploration of the psychology of human desire. Beauty, having indulged in a secret and forbidden infatuation with the rebellious slave Prince Tristan, is sent away from the Satyricon-like world of the castle. Once again Rice’s fabulous tale of pleasure and pain dares to explore the most primal and well-hidden desires of the human heart.
Beauty’s Release: In the final volume of Anne Rice’s deliciously tantalizing erotic trilogy, Beauty’s adventures on the dark side of sexuality make her the bound captive of an Eastern Sultan and a prisoner in the exotic confines of the harem. In Beauty’s Release, Anne Rice makes the forbidden side of passion a doorway into the hidden regions of the psyche and the heart.