Exit to Eden

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Exit to Eden
First edition
AuthorAnne Rampling
CountryUnited States
GenreErotica, Romance
PublishedMay 1985
PublisherArbor House
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages336 pp
813/.54 19
LC ClassPS3568.I265 E9 1985

Exit to Eden is a 1985 novel by Anne Rice, initially published 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.

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 Lisa and Elliot. However, the film 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.[1][2][3][4]


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