Exit to Eden

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This article is about the novel by Anne Rice. For the film adaptation, see Exit to Eden (film).
Exit to Eden
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First edition
Author Anne Rampling
Country United States
Language English
Genre Erotica, Romance
Published May 1985
Publisher Arbor House
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 336 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-87795-609-X
OCLC 11159573
813/.54 19
LC Class PS3568.I265 E9 1985

Exit to Eden is a 1985 novel by Anne Rice, initially published in under the pen name Anne Rampling, but subsequently under Rice's name.

The novel explores the subject of BDSM in romance novel form. The novel also brought attention to Rice's published works that differed from the type of writing she was better known for (e.g. Interview with the Vampire), such as her Sleeping Beauty series under yet another pen name. Additionally, a film adaptation in 1994 differed greatly from the book, with a new major story line and several new characters added.

Each chapter in the novel is narrated in the first-person by either Lisa or Elliot; the narrator is announced at the head of each chapter.

Plot summary[edit]

Lisa Kelly manages an isolated BDSM resort called The Club that offers its high-end clients an exclusive setting in which they can experience the life of a Master or Mistress. Prospective submissive slaves, paid at the end of their term at Eden (which varies from six months to two years), are presented at auctions by the most respected Trainers from across the world. As Head Female Trainer and co-founder Lisa gets first pick of the new slaves, and chooses Elliot Slater — with whom she shares an immediate and undeniable chemistry that intensifies throughout their time together, eventually resulting in love.

Release details[edit]

  • 1985, USA, Arbor House Pub (ISBN 0-87795-609-X), Pub date ? May 1985, hardback (First edition)
  • 1988, USA, Time Warner Paperbacks (ISBN 0-7088-3000-5), Pub date 1 November 1988, paperback
  • 1994, USA, Dell Publishing (ISBN 0-440-12392-5), Pub date ? October 1994, paperback (film tie-in edition)
  • 1996, USA, Ballantine Books (ISBN 0-345-40196-4), Pub date ? February 1996, paperback
  • 1998, USA, Severn House Publishers (ISBN 0-7278-5341-4), Pub date ? May 1998, hardback

Film adaptation[edit]

A film version, Exit To Eden was produced by Savoy Pictures in 1994 starring Dana Delany and Paul Mercurio in the roles of Elliot and Lisa, but was heavily rewritten by the studio as a buddy-cop comedy, using new characters played by Dan Aykroyd and Rosie O'Donnell. The film was almost universally panned by critics and Rice publicly dissociated herself from the production.[citation needed]