Gordon by Edith Templeton
The original "Fifty Shades of Grey", Edith Templeton's erotic novel "Gordon" has been banned, pirated and published under various names for almost fifty years Post-war London. Louisa, a smartly dressed young woman in the midst of a divorce, meets a charismatic man in a pub, and within an hour has been sexually conquered by him on a garden bench. Thus begins her baffling but magnetic love affair with Richard Gordon.
Gordon, a psychiatrist, keeps Louisa in his thrall with his almost omniscient ability to see through her, and she is equally gripped by the unexpected pleasure of complete submission. Subjecting herself to repeated humiliations at his hands, but quite unable and unwilling to free herself from his control, Louisa and Gordon sink further and further into the depths - both psychologically and sexually. An extraordinary novel of psycho-sexual entanglement that was banned for indecency in England in 1966, in "Gordon", Edith Templeton captures one of the most unusual and disturbing love stories ever written.
"Templeton's characters are not passive or self-doubting. Their pleasure in sexual submission is a mark of their toughness: they can take what their men give them". ("The New York Times").
"Sexual perversion, masochistic dependency, obsession and suicide". ("Telegraph"). "An unsettling tale of sexual obsession".
("The New Yorker"). "It is unlikely that any young woman will write a book as good, as honest, as provocative as "Gordon"". ("Telegraph").
"Superbly written and unsettling". (Beryl Bainbridge). Edith Templeton was born in Prague in 1916 and spent much of her childhood in a castle in the Bohemian countryside.
Her short stories began to appear in The New Yorker in the 1950s and caused a major stir because of their sexual explicitness (these stories are available in one volume entitled "The Darts of Cupid" as a Penguin ebook). "Gordon" first appeared in 1966 under the pseudonym Louise Walbrook and was subsequently banned in England and Germany; it was then pirated around the world, appearing under various titles. In 2001, Edith Templeton agreed to publish the novel, with its original title, under her own name.
She died in 2006.