ISBN 9780140432497,Fanny Hill

Fanny Hill


John Cleland


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ISBN 9780140432497

Penguin UK

Publication Year 1986

ISBN 9780140432497

ISBN-10 0140432493


Number of Pages 233 Pages
Language (English)


Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, commonly known as Fanny Hill, have been shrouded in mystery and controversy since John Cleland completed it in 1749. The Bishop of London called the work 'an open insult upon Religion and good manners' and James Boswell referred to it as 'a most licentious and inflaming book'. The story of a prostitute's rise to respectability, it has been recognized more recently as a unique combination of parody, sensual entertainment and a philosophical concept of sexuality borrowed from French libertine novels. Modern readers will appreciate it not only as an important contribution to revolutionary thought in the Age of Enlightenment, but also as a thoroughly entertaining and important work of erotic fiction, deserving of a place in the history of the English novel beside Richardson, Fielding and Smollett.