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Cover art to an early 20th century French novel of female domination.

L'Homme Chien cover

A colorful situation to be sure. But I’m tired of submissive guys always being depicted as unhappy. Admittedly - though I’ve never read the novel - the poor fellow was probably tricked into wedding a cruel woman.

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This is the first cover illustration that I ran across and piqued my curiosity.

Comtess au Fouet cover

I don’t care much for the picture but am always wondering about early depictions of F/m sadomasochism.

An interior illustration. He looks more like an outraged banker than anything else.

Illustration from The Man-Dog.

Same scene, different edition. I like the shading on the countess’ body. Poor fellow probably needs a laxative.

Art from The Countess With a Whip

Digging about on the web yeilded:

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Venus in Furs has been openly and silently recycled for over a hundred years.

The book was originally published in 1906 as The Man-Dog. Also The Countess with the whip, Beautiful and terrible (the Man-dog). Novel of a heroine of Sacher-Masoch. (English translations of the original French titles.)

About Pierre Dumarchey:

Pierre Dumarchey, better known under the pseudonym of Pierre Mac Orlan, French author born on February 26, 1882 with Pιronne (Somme), deceased on June 27, 1970 in its house of Saint-Cyr-on-Morin (Seine-et-Marne). If it used its true name for some of its first erotic productions, Dumarchey thereafter used various pseudonyms of which: Sadie Blackeyes, Pierre of Bourdel, Pierre de Jusange, Sadinet, Claude de Saint-Hieble, the Knight of X, and perhaps also the Gimlet. Also illustrator under the pseudonyms of Jean Macorlan and Ludovic Riezer.

Did he write for lucre or fun?

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I ran across Sacher-Masoch’s books when I was in college, up in the corner of the university library where nobody else went.

I read several of them with the feelings of watching a particularly bad night of “American Idol”. Abject humiliation is not a kink for me, and I spent some time trying to understand what made this “work” for the characters.

I’m older now, and I still dont’ get it. Yes, it’s been explained to me and I’ve read some really interesting theories, but I can’t get into the mindset at all.

Tom Allen
The Edge of Vanilla

It’s unsurprising that there were knockoffs and imitators and pirates of Venus in Furs. The same thing happened to Lady Chatterly’s Lover and The Story of O.

Peter,

Sure there are always copycats. But most people - fearing lawsuits - don’t reuses the characters names.

Even some comparatively recent kinky movies lift scenes from Venus in Furs. It is as if he wrote the Master Plan of Femdom. I guess he at least tapped into some archetypes.

Tom,

You read several of his books? Damn!

That is more than many specialists in 19th Century German fiction do. If it weren’t for Venus in Furs he’d be a tiny footnote at best.

I read a summary his oeuvre and remember thinking he seemed typical of the worst of literature of that time and place.

Tom,

ViF is the only Sacher-Masoch novel I’ve found that’s been translated into English. Were you reading in some other language, or did you find translations of his other works?

I found two, maybe three books in a college library (Including ViF). They were in a section reserved for books of a sexual nature and other topics that they believed unsuitable for unsupervised 20 year olds.

I was 26, so I guess I was okay.

Wow, that would have made it well over 20 years ago. I will admit that it’s possible that my memory has a glitch, and that ViF was next to some similar books that were not written by S-M.

I do remember very similar stories of a men who turn over money and land to their chosen mistresses. One man entered into service in her stables, I think, never seeing her for years. I remember another story about a man living in a dungeon who submitted to whippings whenever the mistress was having a bad day.

Gosh, you’re right - pretty bad fiction. Also, exactly the kind of stuff we still see written. :-\

Tom Allen
The Edge of Vanilla

I really think Sacher-Masoch got a bad rap posthumously. In his life, he was the Next Big Thing in German literature, but he was too flakey to make a success of it. Then Krafft-Ebing coined the term “masochism” and Sacher-Masoch went from being a German romantic to a lunatic.

There’s a shelf full of books on Sade’s life and works and only a paltry few on Sacher-Masoch (at least in English.) Granted, Sade’s life and work is intimately connected with the French Revolution, but I think Sacher-Masoch is deserving of a little more study. The only biographical work I’ve found is James Cleugh’s “The First Masochist” and the only scholarly work is Gilles Deleuze’s “Coldness and Cruelty”, and both are hard to come by.

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