Fanny Hill, Or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

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CSF Publishing, Feb 1, 2012
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CSF Publishing's Classic Erotica Collection includes title's carefully updated and corrected from the original text, and features new enhancements such as the author's biography and bibliography, and illustrations. ABOUT THE BOOK: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, or Fanny Hill is an erotic novel by John Cleland first published in England in 1748. Written while the author was in debtor's prison in London, it is considered "the first original English prose pornography, and the first pornography to use the form of the novel." One of the most prosecuted and banned books in history, it has become a synonym for obscenity. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John Cleland (baptised 24 September 1709 - 23 January 1789) was an English novelist most famous and infamous as the author of Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, or Fanny Hill.

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John Cleland was an English writer who is best known for his erotic novel Fanny Hill: or, the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. An employee of the British East India Company, Cleland spent extended periods in Bombay, India, until recalled to England because of his father's illness. With no financial support from his family, Cleland amassed enough debt to land in Fleet Prison, where he is believed to have composed Fanny Hill, /em>. His subsequent arrest following the publication of Fanny Hill prompted Cleland to withdraw the novel, and while it was not legally published for over a hundred years, it continued to sell well as a pirated work. Cleland never achieved professional or financial success with his writing. He died in 1789.

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