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  • John Cleland

    Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure is one of the most notorious texts in English literature. As recently as 1963, an unexpurgated edition was the subject of a trial, yet in the eighteenth century John Cleland's open celebration of sexual enjoyment was a bestselling novel. Fanny's story, as she falls into prostitution and then rises to respectability, takes the form of a confession that is vividly colored by copious and explicit physiological details of her carnal adventures. The moral outrage that this has always provoked has only recently been countered by serious critical...read more

  • John Cleland

    Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1749) was the first widely-read English novel in the genre “Erotica.” It was written by John Cleland as he was serving hard time at a debtor’s prison in London. Over the centuries, the novel has been repeatedly banned by authorities, assuring its preeminent role in the history of the ongoing struggle against censorship of free expression. Until Fanny Hill, previous heroines had conducted their amorous liaisons “off-stage.” Any erotic misadventures were described euphemistically. As women who had gone astray, they always repented, which made even their most outrageous dalliances somehow suitable for a moralistic readership. The...read more

  • John Cleland

    Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure was one of the most banned and censored books in the history of literature. John Cleland (a contrary man of letters, prone to boasting and getting into trouble with the law) wrote it while he was in Fleet debtor's prison. First published in 1748 and withdrawn within a year, it was not legally republished until 100 years later. Widely considered to be the first example of literary erotica and a stylistic tour de force, with its combination of charm, daring, and love of...read more

  • John Cleland

    THIS IS THE ANNOTATED VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL BOOK. WE HAD ANNOTATED THIS BOOK BY ADDING HANDY SUMMARY OF ABOUT 50000 WORDS (APPROX.) IN IT. Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure—popularly known as Fanny Hill (possibly an Anglicization of the Latin mons veneris, the mound of Venus)—is an erotic novel by English novelist John Cleland first published in London in 1748. The book exemplifies the use of euphemism. The text has no 'dirty words' or explicit scientific terms for body parts but uses many literary devices to describe genitalia.  The novel consists of two long letters (which appear as volumes I and II of the original edition) by Frances 'Fanny' Hill, a rich Englishwoman in her...read more

  • John Cleland

    Fanny Hill, one of the most popular novels of the 18th century, traces the rise of its heroine from prostitution to middle-class respectability. Condemned in its own time on grounds of indecency, the book was the subject of several law suits until as recently as the 1960s. For today's reader, the work holds as much fascination as when it was first published, not only as the foremost example of English erotic fiction, but as a literary classic in its own...read more

  • John Cleland

    'My fond parents being both carried off by smallpox, it was put into my head of going to London.' But what should gentle Fanny do in that wicked city? What lay in wait to corrupt her innocence? All is revealed in this unbridled, lusty romp through 18th-century...read more

  • John Cleland

    The tale of a naïve young prostitute in London who slowly rises to respectability, the novel & its popularity endured many banning’s & critics, & this book is considered an important piece of sexual philosophy. **** This audiobook is for mature readers only. ...read more

  • John Cleland

    Les lettres de Fanny Hill prônent non seulement le libertinage - elles sont immorales - mais elles dépeignent également d'une manière efficace les mœurs anglaises du XVIIIe siècle. Au-delà du charme érotique de l'ouvrage, cette minutieuse chronique permet au lecteur de comprendre la vie dans le Londres de ce...read more

  • John Cleland

    AUDIOLIBRO EN CATALAN. Novela clásica de la literatura erótica, Fanny Hill: Memorias de una mujer de placer concilia la narración sensual y la fábula moralista en los recuerdos de una joven inglesa que, de burdel en burdel y de amante en amante, va aprendiendo los secretos de la vida y del sexo, a la vez que experimenta, unas veces con placer y otras con dolor, las diferentes formas y posibilidades de la relación...read more

  • John Cleland

    Following the death of her parents, a young and innocent Fanny Hill travels to London to find work. She has barely arrived, however, when she is lured into a brothel and has a sexual experience with another woman. A costumer gets her out of there and becomes her lover, but a whole new world has opened to Fanny, who sets out to explore all the pleasures her body has in store for her. Considered the first prose pornography ‘Fanny Hill - Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure’ (1748) is one of the most prosecuted and banned books of all time. It has often been quoted in popular culture, in Tom Lehrer’s song 'Smut' and in an episode of ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circis’ to name a...read more