Catherine Millet is best known for her memoir The Sexual Life of Catherine M., an international bestseller that has scandalized, titillated and intellectually provoked readers the world over and has been hailed as one of the most important books on sexuality to be published in decades. She is also a devoted art critic, curator and founder and editor of the prestigious Art Press magazine, which focuses on modern and contemporary art.
Catherine Millet is a French writer, curator, and founder and editor of the prestigious magazine Art Press, which focuses on modern and contemporary art. She is also the author of eight books of art criticism, including Yves Klein, Le Critique d'art s'expose, and L'Art contemporain en France.
Born in Bois-Colombes, France, she is best known as the author of the 2002 memoir The Sexual Life of Catherine M.; the book details her sexual history, from childhood masturbation to an adult fascination with group sex. The book was reviewed by Edmund White as "the most explicit book about sex ever written by a woman".
In 2008 she published a sequel of sorts called Jour de Souffrance, translated into English in 2009 as Jealousy: The Other Life of Catherine M. In French, she has also written about Dali’s sexual life and contributed to Marie-Dominique Montel and Christopher Jones’ documentary Le Cinéma selon Dali on Dali’s theories about film.
She lives in Paris with her husband, poet and writer Jacques Henric. Their book about Michel Houllebecq has just been published in France.
Jealousy: The Other Life of Catherine M., Grove Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-8021-4519-2
Memoir translated from the French by Helen Stevenson from: Jour de souffrance, Flammarion, 2008
The Sexual Life of Catherine M., Grove Press, ISBN: 978-0-8021-3986-3
Memoir translated from the French by Adriana Hunter from: La Vie sexuelle de Catherine M., Seuil, 2001
Yves Klein, 1992
L'Art contemporain, Flammarion, 1997
Dali et moi, Gallimard, 2005
L'Art contemporain : histoire et géographie, Flammarion, 2006
D'Art Press à Catherine M., avec Richard Leydier, Gallimard, « Témoins de l'art » (ISBN: 9782070783427)
Légendes de Catherine M., by Jacques Henric, Denoël, 2001
ABOUT HER BOOKS
Jealousy: The Other Life of Catherine M.
“A haunting story of fragile female identity, sexually gained, violently lost.” —The New York Times Book Review (complete review available here)
Catherine Millet’s best-selling The Sexual Life of Catherine M. was a landmark book—a portrait of a sexual life lived without boundaries and without a safety net. Described as “eloquent, graphic—and sometimes even poignant” by Newsweek, and as “[perhaps] one of the most erotic books ever written” by Playboy, it drew international attention for its audacity, and the apparently superhuman sangfroid required of Millet and her partner, Jacques Henric, with whom she had an extremely public and active open relationship.
Now, Millet’s follow-up answers the first book’s implicit question: How did you avoid jealousy? “I had love at home,” Millet explains, “I sought only pleasure in the world outside.” But one day she discovered a letter in their apartment that made it clear that Jacques was seriously involved with someone else. Jealousy details the crisis provoked by this discovery, and Millet’s attempts to reconcile her need for freedom and sexual liberation with the very real heartache that Jacques’s infidelity caused.
If The Sexual Life of Catherine M. seemed to disregard emotion, Jealousy is its radical complement: the paradoxical confession of a libertine who discovers that love, in any of its forms, can have a dark side.
The Sexual Life of Catherine M.
The New York Times and national best-seller hailed as “brilliantly literate, utterly unabashed . . . consistently provocative” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)—the controversial sleeper hit of the year—a candid, powerful, and deeply intelligent depiction of unfettered sexuality
Since it was first published in France, The Sexual Life of Catherine M. has become a bestseller all around the world and has been hailed as one of the most important books on sexuality to be published in decades.
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. She has taken pleasure in the indistinct darkness of a peep show booth and under the probing light of a movie camera at an orgy. And in The Sexual Life of Catherine M. she recounts it all, from tender interludes with a lover to situations where her partners were so numerous and simultaneous they became indistinguishable parts of a collective organism.
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).
“A smoldering slim volume that will color your cheeks quicker than the midday sun…. In the book, [Millet] unabashedly chronicles three decades of her own unbridled sexual exploration.” —Michael Rovner, New York Post
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