Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland (Full Version) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, popularly known as Fanny Hill, is a novel by John Cleland.
Written in 1748 while Cleland was in debtor's prison in London, it is considered the first modern "erotic novel" in English, and has become a byword for the battle of censorship of erotica.
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Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland (Full Version)

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Overview

Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, popularly known as Fanny Hill, is a novel by John Cleland.
Written in 1748 while Cleland was in debtor's prison in London, it is considered the first modern "erotic novel" in English, and has become a byword for the battle of censorship of erotica.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013717442
  • Publisher: Maran State Books
  • Publication date: 1/4/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 647 KB

Meet the Author

John Cleland (baptised September 24, 1709 – January 23, 1789)
was an English novelist most famous and infamous as the author of
Fanny Hill: or, the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. John Cleland
was the oldest son of William Cleland (1673/4 – 1741) and Lucy
Cleland. He was born in Kingston upon Thames in Surrey but grew up
in London, where his father was first an officer in the British
Army and then a civil servant. William Cleland was a friend to
Alexander Pope, and Lucy Cleland was a friend or acquaintance of
both Pope, Viscount Bolingbroke, Chesterfield, and Horace Walpole.
The family possessed good finances and moved among the finest
literary and artistic circles of London. John Cleland entered
Westminster School in 1721, but he left or was expelled in 1723.
His departure was not for financial reasons, but whatever
misbehavior or allegation had led to his departure is unknown.
Historian J. H. Plumb speculates that Cleland's puckish and
quarrelsome nature was to blame, but, whatever caused Cleland to
leave, he entered the British East India Company after leaving
school. He began as a soldier and worked his way up into the civil
service of the company and lived in Bombay from 1728 to 1740. He
returned to London when recalled by his father, who was dying. Upon
William's death, the estate went to Lucy for administration. She,
in turn, did not choose to support John (and Cleland's two brothers
had finished at Westminster and gone on to support themselves).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2011

    Erotic and Exciting - Must Read!

    I bought this on a whim and wasn't sure if I'd like it - Turns out I LOVE this book! I highly recommend the Fanny Hill book to anyone looking for a bit of excitement and erotica in a book.

    You'll enjoy every page as I did.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    Terrible format

    Not worth the money. Odd formatting of the text.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    I enjoyed it

    It is one of those that you have to take your time reading. This book was banned for a while for obvious reasons. It is very interesting with a great ending. Good interesting details.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Recommend as a historical read

    I always wondered what this book was about and why it was such a hushed book in its time. It is quite interesting to read the ideas and value system of this era. It is a good book for those who might think that woman were not less than second class chattel in the last 100 plus years. Reading this book just puts perspective onto a young woman's sexual situation and lack of freedom. For that reason alone it'sworth the time to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Terrible

    Cannot get past the first page.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    classic erotica

    brings back memories of yesteryear

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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