Fanny: being the true history of the adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones : a novel

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New American Library, 1980 - Fiction - 505 pages
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Left as an infant on the doorstep of a grand English estate, Fanny is raised to young womanhood by Lord and Lady Bellars. A beautiful woman with a taste for literature, Fanny is ambitious to become the epic poet of her age -- but her plans are dashed after she is ravished by her libertine adoptive father. Fleeing to London, Fanny meets up with idealistic witches and a band of highwaymen who teach her of worlds she never knew existed. She embarks on a series of adventures that take her from a London brothel that caters to the literati, to a pirate ship on the high seas and beyond, teaching her what she must know to live and prosper as a woman. Erica Jong offers us entrance into an age long past, replete with the boisterousness and bawdiness that are often missed in its histories. The result is a highly entertaining, original work of fiction. Book jacket.

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One woman's story of how she manages to overcome every wretched thing Fate slings her way, and still retain her sense of humor. Jong writes a sexy tale of redemption in the face of adversity. Read full review

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This was a rollicking enjoyable romp though history with many surprising twists and turns right to the end Read full review


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Erica Jong was born on March 26, 1942. She received a B.A. from Barnard College and a M.A. in 18th Century English Literature from Columbia University. She also attended Columbia University's graduate writing program where she studied poetry. She has written numerous volumes of poetry, novels, and non-fiction works including Fruits and Vegetables, Fear of Flying, How to Save Your Own Life, Parachutes and Kisses, Sappho's Leap, Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life, and It Was Eight Years Ago Today (But It Seems Like Eighty). She has received numerous awards including the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature, Poetry magazine's Bess Hokin Prize, the Deauville Award for Literary, and the Sigmund Freud Award for Literature.