Read this, not that!

While 50 Shades of Grey is certainly getting its fair share of publicity right now, try going to back to the originals. Sadomasochism has a literary history.

The writings of the Marquis de Sade (1780-1814) were controversial right from the start. Bizarre, appalling, and definitely interesting these writings are not for the faint of heart. Not much romance here.

Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch von Lemberg (1835-1895) provides the alternate perspective. Not as gratuitous but certainly as controversial in its time.

Looking for something more contemporary? Try The Story of O by Pauline Reage (OhioLINK is your best bet here).

All that being said, we do have the 50 Shades trilogy on the library Kindles.

-Scott West, Information Resources Assistant

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