Fanny Hill

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Pan, Jan 15, 2013 - Fiction - 124 pages
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Written from prison and banned for over a century, the infamous Fanny Hill is the first erotic novel ever written.



Fanny Hill follows the life of a fifteen-year-old orphan girl, Fanny, who moves to London after her parents die. Broke and alone in London, Fanny meets Mrs Brown, who runs a brothel and tries to force Fanny into working for her. There she is given an education in lust, prostitution, and masturbation. When she falls in love with a young nobleman, he steals her away from the clutches of Mrs Brown, but later disappears himself. Will she ever see her lover again?



John Cleland's Fanny Hill is the precursor of all erotic fiction. It is a worthy addition to Momentum's Classic Erotica series.



Praise for Fanny Hill:



"Cleland offers a vivid social picture of his time (and) spoke as an artist. I do not deny that Fanny Hill can shock some tender sensibilities, but I do not regard it as an evil book." — J. Donald Adams, The New York Times Book Review

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User Review  - RussellBittner - LibraryThing

“(T)here (is) no dress like an undress.” This pithy bit of wit (on p. 110 of the 2001 Modern Library paperback edition, which I just read) is about as close to a maxim as John Cleland — in the mouth ... Read full review

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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

How extraordinary that a man thinks himself capable of writing an erotic novel from a woman's viewpoint. It's highly unlikely that Fanny considered her deflowering and professional life to be the mere larks that Cleland made them out to be. Pure fantasy and a man's fantasy at that. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

John Cleland (1709 – 1789) was an English novelist made infamous for his banned novel Fanny Hill: or, the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. Cleland was born in Surrey but was educated in London and then entered the British East India Company as a soldier. After being arrested for a debt, he began composing his erotic novel while in prison. He was once more arrested after the publication of the book, which he disavowed in court. With the exception of pirated copies, it wasn't published again for another century. Cleland attempted other literary novels, letters, and reviews, but none of his work had the lasting success of Fanny Hill.

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