The Sexual Life of Catherine M.  

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The Sexual Life of Catherine M. by the French art critic Catherine Millet is an erotic novel first published in 2001. It is a semi-autobiographical account of the sexual life of the author. An English translation by Adriana Hunter was published in 2002. Sexual Life was the subject of mild controversy on both sides of the Atlantic. It was reviewed by Edmund White as "the most explicit book about sex ever written by a woman". The book details her sexual history, from childhood masturbation to an adult fascination with group sex.

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The New York Times and national best-seller hailed [it] as "brilliantly literate, utterly unabashed...consistently provocative" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) and "shamelessly trashy...excellent" (Jane), The Sexual Life of Catherine M. was the controversial sleeper hit of the year - a candid, powerful, and deeply intelligent depiction of unfettered sexuality. Since her youth, Catherine Millet, the eminent editor of Art Press, has led an extraordinarily active and free sexual life - from al fresco encounters in Italy to a gang bang on the edge of the Bois du Boulogne to a high-class orgy at a chichi Parisian restaurant. A graphic account of a life of physical gratification and a relentlessly honest look at the consequences, both liberating and otherwise, of sex stripped of sentiment, The Sexual Life of Catherine M. is "truly a masterpiece of sexual exploration [that] will be a classic" (The Hartford Courant). [1]


Millet, Catherine. The Sexual Life of Catherine M. 2002.

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