From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Madame Edwarda is a story by Georges Bataille, first published in French in 1941 (with the false imprint and date 'Éditions du Solitaire, 1937.') and 1945 under the pseudonym of Pierre Angélique in very limited clandestine edition. In his preface, Bataille quotes Hegel: "Death is the most terrible of all things; and to maintain its works is what requires the greatest of all strength."
There is an edition of Madame Edwarda illustrated by Hans Bellmer.
In 1966 Jean-Jacques Pauvert was the first to publish the story posthumously under Bataille's name.
The Olympia Press edition is curiously retitled to The Naked Beast at Heaven's Gate.
The story is available in an English language edition titled My Mother, Madame Edwarda and The Dead Man.