Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

by John Cleland

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Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure—popularly known as Fanny Hill (an anglicisation of the Latin mons veneris, mound of Venus)—is an erotic novel by English novelist John Cleland first published in London in 1748. Written while the author was in debtors' prison in London, it is considered "the first original English prose pornography, and the first pornography to use the form of the novel".
It is one of the most prosecuted and banned books in history.

John Cleland (24 September 1709 – 23 January 1789) was an English novelist best known as the author of Fanny Hill: or, the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. James Boswell called him "a sly, old malcontent".

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ISBN-13: 9788832547634
Publisher: Passerino
Publication date: 03/21/2019
Sold by: StreetLib SRL
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 333,925
File size: 998 KB

About the Author

Richard Terry is Professor of Eighteenth-Century English Literature at Northumbria University. Helen Williams is Senior Lecturer in English at Northumbria University

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
John Cleland: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

Appendix A: Censorship and Its Repeal
  1. Warrants for the Detention of Cleland and Others (1749)
  2. Statement of Ralph Griffiths Taken before Lovel Stanhope, Law Clerk (13 November 1749)
  3. Letter from Cleland to Lovel Stanhope, Law Clerk (13 November 1749)
  4. John Nichols, Obituary of Cleland (February 1789)
  5. Ruling of Supreme Court Justice Arthur G. Klein (23 August 1963)
Appendix B: Writing Sex
  1. From The School of Venus (1680)
  2. From Thomas Stretzer, A New Description of Merryland (1741)
  3. From John Armstrong, The Oeconomy of Love (1745)
  4. From the Trial of Francis Charteris for Rape (1730)
  5. Trial of John Deacon and Thomas Blair for Sodomitical Practices (1743)
  6. From Thomas Cannon, Ancient and Modern Pederasty Investigated and Exemplify’d (1749)
Appendix C: Sexual Bodies
  1. From Nicholas Venette, The Pleasures of Conjugal-Love Explain’d (1740?)
  2. From William Cowper, The Anatomy of Humane Bodies (1737)
  3. From La Mettrie, Man a Machine (1749)
  4. From Cleland, Institutes of Health (1761)
Appendix D: Prostitution
  1. From Cleland, The Case of the Unfortunate Bosavern Penlez (1749)
  2. From Memoirs of the Celebrated Miss Fanny M— (1759)
  3. From Genuine Memoirs of the Celebrated Miss Maria Brown (1766)
  4. From Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies (1757–95)
Appendix E: Cleland’s Writings on the Novel
  1. Review of Tobias Smollett’s Peregrine Pickle, Monthly Review (March 1751)
  2. Review of Henry Fielding’s Amelia, Monthly Review (December 1751)
  3. From The Dictionary of Love (1753)
  4. From Commentary on Historical and Physical Dissertation on the Case of Catherine Vizzani (1751)

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