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Book Title: Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure|
The author of the book: John Cleland
ISBN 13: 9781535558778
Edition: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of issue: August 1st 2016
Format files: PDF
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Fanny Hill, also known as Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, has been a notorious novel since it first appeared in London in 1748-9. Banned for its "obscene" content, this fictional account of a young woman's unconventional route to middle-class respectability is a lively and engaging tale of a heroine who falls into prostitution, passes through the boudoirs and brothels of England, and eventually rises to respectability.
Fanny Hill's story offers modern readers sensuality and substance, as well as an unusually frank depiction of love and sex in the eighteenth century.
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Read information about the authorJohn Cleland (1709 – 1789) was an English novelist, most famous - and infamous - as the author of the erotic novel Fanny Hill: or, the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure.
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; he was also 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.
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 dying father. Upon William's death, the estate went to Lucy for administration. She, in turn, did not choose to support John.
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