The She-Devils  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Trois Filles de leurs mères (The She-Devils, literally Three girls and their mother) is a French erotic novel by Pierre Louÿs written in 1910 and published clandestinely in 1926. Susan Sontag in her essay the Pornographic Imagination describes it as one of the few works of erotic literature to deserve true literary status. It was adapted for film by José Bénazéraf [1] and as a graphic novel by Georges Pichard. André Pieyre de Mandiargues described it as Pierre Louÿs's masterpiece.

From the publisher Creation Books:

A mother and her three daughters...sharing their inexhaustible sexual favours between the same young man, each other, and anyone else who enters their web of depravity. From a chance encounter on the stairway with a voluptuous young girl, the narrator is drawn to become the plaything of four rapacious females, experiencing them all in various combinations of increasingly wild debauchery, until they one day vanish as mysteriously as they had appeared.

Kathleen Murphy remarks about the novel that it "remains Pierre Louys's most intense, claustrophobic work; a study of sexual obsession and monomania unsurpassed in its depictions of carnal excess, unbridled lust and limitless perversity."

Inspired by the relationship Louÿs had with José-Maria de Heredia and her three daughters (with one of whom (the youngest) he had been married) known for their loose morals, the author presents us with a man « X*** », who is visited by a 36-year-old prostitute, Teresa, and her three daughters, Mauricette, Lili and Charlotte.

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