The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty . Beauty's Punishment . Beauty's Release
SLEEPING BEAUTY TRILOGY (3) VOL SET - FIRST EDITION - A.N. ROQUELAURE (only) Rice chose a pseudonym to write the Beauty trilogy to allow her greater freedom to write them how she saw them and to keep from alienating her more mainstream fans. She chose "Roquelaure" because it is a type of cloak worn in the 18th century. Hence, the pseudonym "A. N. Roquelaure" means "Anne under a cloak." THE CLAIMING OF SLEEPING BEAUTY, 1983 - A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice) – 1st EDITION E.P DUTTON, 1983. FIRST EDITION, first printing (number 1 thru 10.) Soft cover. Very good condition, few dog eared pages. VINTAGE Claiming of Sleeping Beauty trilogy Anne Rice. Part of the trilogy written by Anne Rice under the pseudonym of A. N. Roquelaure. Inspired by the myth of Sleeping Beauty, a favorite of her daughter's, Anne wrote a novel about dominance and submission. Beauty has been asleep for a hundred years. Many princes and suitors have tried to climb her castle walls, but all have been killed by poisonous thorns. One prince makes it through by cutting the plants at the roots and gives Beauty a kiss. The prince claims Beauty as his, and she becomes his slave. The novel explores the psychological process of surrender and the ways that the seemingly helpless claim and exercise power. BEAUTY'S PUNISHMENT, 1984 - A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice) – 1st EDITION Dutton, 1984. FIRST EDITION, first printing (number 1 thru 10.) Soft cover. Very good condition, appears unread, one very small dog ear page, former owner plate. Anne Rice signed official New Orleans home bookplate attached to front end page. Part of the trilogy written by Anne Rice under the pseudonym of A. N. Roquelaure. The second novel begins where the first ended: with Beauty's deliberate disobedience to ensure even harsher punishment. Beauty and her companion, Prince Tristan, are auctioned to different masters, and each becomes a favorite. Tristan and his new master, Nicolas, allow love to enter their relationship, changing it in ways Tristan never anticipated. But changes in power relationships are ever present, and the village is sacked, with Tristan and Beauty taken away as spoils. On the way to a sultan's palace, Beauty is drawn to another slave, Laurent. They wait aboard ship, having been told that they will no longer be treated as thinking beings, but merely as parcels, the smell of adventure on the wind. BEAUTY'S RELEASE, 1985 - A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice) – 1st EDITION Dutton, 1985. Trade Paperback. FIRST EDITION, seventh printing. Excellent condition, clean text, appears to be unread. Part of the trilogy written by Anne Rice under the pseudonym of A. N. Roquelaure. The trilogy ends in a new land, where the slaves have been brought to new depths of punishment and isolation. Beauty is horrified to discover that the sultan's wives have all been sexually mutilated. She sets about helping one of them learn what pleasure is. Laurent becomes the secret master to the sultan's steward in charge of the slaves. Laurent and Tristan find themselves tested in competition to please the sultan, who is no longer just a master, but a true sovereign. The characters are rescued and returned to their homeland, and Beauty returns to her parents. Beauty is unable and unwilling to adjust to no longer being a slave. She rejects all suitors and yearns for one of the slaves who will understand. She is rescued from misery by Laurent, who has become the master of his family castle and who commands Beauty to become his wife and secret slave. They live happily ever after.