Fanny is a charming and good-humoured heroine, and the story of her rise through harlotry to riches and respectability is told with vigour and wit. Its cast of rakes, whores and bawds people a London familiar from the engravings of Hogarth.
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John Cleland was born in 1710, the eldest son of William Cleland, an officer and friend of Pope. He entered Westminster School in 1721 and remained there until his sudden departure in 1723. Later he joined the East India Company, where he rose from simple soldier to businessman and eventually secretary of the Bombay Council. However, his good fortune did not last and he left Bombay around 1740 and returned to London in 1741. Thereafter Cleland followed a career as literary hack, Grub Street writer and journalist. The life was extremely competitive and though Cleland pursued every promising avenue, both literary writing and factual reporting, he was in costant financial difficulty. He was imprisoned for debt on several occasions and on one of these, between February 1748 and March 1749, he usefully employed his time by revising and rewriting a draft of a novel entitled Fanny Hill. Both volumes of Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, the final title, were published before his release. Cleland enjoyed some success with Fanny Hill and he hoped to exploit this with a sequel, Memoirs of a Coxcomb; but this and his other attempts at erotic fiction sank into oblivion. Impoverished and virtually unknown, John Cleland died in Westminster in January 1789.
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Notorious erotic novel by John Cleland, first published in two volumes in 1748-49 as Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. The novel, published in an expurgated version as Memoirs of Fanny Hill in 1750 and commonly known simply as Fanny Hill, chronicles the life of a London prostitute, describing with scatological and clinical precision many varieties of sexual behavior. Although elegantly written, the novel was suppressed from its initial publication. It was kept in print surreptitiously, however, and for almost two centuries Fanny Hill enjoyed a salacious reputation. The book was not published legally until 1963 in the United States and 1970 in England. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
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Descrizione libro Luxor Press, London, 1971. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. First Thus. Famous novel about an 18th century prostitute. Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (popularly known as 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. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 041142