Eva, her mother, a former ballerina, was the daughter of an Austro-Hungarian nobleman, Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch
Less wellknown perhaps is that 'masochism' comes from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
, 19th century Austrian novelist with different tastes.
The title she gave it is a play on words for Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
's notorious 1870 novella Venus in Furs.
Although the idea that at the age of thirtythree, James experienced "a masochistic identification to Christ" (100) need not be true, the argument about Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
's aesthetic influence on James's works presented in Chapter IV is indeed interesting.
The convent school-educated daughter of an English M16 spy father and dancer mother from the Austro-Hungarian von Sacher-Masoch
family, was drawn to the London scene of the 1960s.
In it, a director has adapted the 19th-century erotic novel Venus in Furs (plural) by Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch
(upon whose name, by the way, the word "masochism" was drawn) and after a day of unsuccessful auditions, Thomas, the director/adapter director, is about to call it a day.
It is a striking two-hander about a playwright/ director (Amalric) who is holding auditions for an adaptation of the 1870s novel, written by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
, the man who gave masochism its name.
The architecture of the theatre's past acted as a constant reminder that Ives's popular play--in which a writer auditions an actress for a part in his adaptation of a work by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
(the progenitor of S&M and devoted celebrant of the sexual power of dressing up and tying down)--is about the very nature of theatrical performance.
She does have some notable ancestors - her great-great uncle Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
wrote the novel Venus in Furs and in the process, inspired the word 'masochism'.