Synopses & Reviews
From bestselling author Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquleaure. 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. Now 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. Here the Prince reawakens 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.
"Something very special...at once so light and yet so haunting." The Advocate
"Articulate, baroque, and fashionably pornographic." Playboy
About the Author
Anne Rice was born in New Orleans in 1941, the second daughter in an Irish Catholic family. She is the author of many bestselling books. She is perhaps best known for her incredibly successful Vampire Chronicles — Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Dammed, The Tale of the Body Thief
(published in Penguin) and Memnoch the Devil
. Her other books include the Mayfair witches sequence The Witching Hour, Lasher
(both published in Penguin) and Taltos
; the novels Cry to Heaven, The Mummy
or Ramses the Damned
(both published in Penguin), The Servant of the Bones
, the first part of her New Tales of the Vampires series.
She lived for many years in San Francisco but has now moved back to her native New Orleans where she lives with her husband, poet and university professor Stan Rice, and their son.