Memoirs of Fanny Hill

by John Cleland | Literature & Fiction |
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Registered by wingLeishaCamdenwing of Alna bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on 3/21/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingLeishaCamdenwing from Alna bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (popularly known as Fanny Hill), is an erotic novel by John Cleland first published in England 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." One of the most prosecuted and banned books in history; it has become a synonym for obscenity.

From her position of wealth and happy respectability, Fanny Hill looks back at her early life and disreputable adventures. Arriving in London alone, poor and innocent, she falls into the hands of a brothel-keeper. But only when she is separated from the man she loves does she enroll in the 'unhappy profession' of prostitution. Fanny becomes a kept woman and also works in an elegant bawdy-house, entertaining polite voluptuaries. By the age of eighteen, she can afford to retire; in her marriage she can at last combine sexual passion with romantic love.

Fanny Hill, shrouded in controversy for most of its more than 250-year life, & banned from publication in the U.S. until 1966, was once considered immoral & without literary merit, even earning its author a jail sentence for obscenity.

The tale of a naïve young prostitute in bawdy eighteenth-century London who slowly rises to respectability, the novel & its popularity endured many banning’s & critics, & today Fanny Hill is considered an important piece of political parody & sexual philosophy on par with French libertine novels.

Paperback edition from Wordsworth Classics. One of the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.

I bought this book at a flea market or a thrift store somewhere. I have a couple more copies of it and also have it on Kindle so this will be released.

Reserved for release at the BookCrossing convention here in Oslo next month.

Released 1 yr ago (4/21/2017 UTC) at Bookcrossing Convention Oslo 2017 in St. Hanshaugen bydel, Oslo fylke Norway


Convention release!

Journal Entry 3 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Oslo Sentrum, Oslo fylke Norway on Sunday, April 23, 2017
Picked up from the book buffet.

Journal Entry 4 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Well, that was interesting. Some flowery language and very vivid descriptions and explicit detail. It’s hard to believe this was written in the 18th century. Ultimately the repetition gets rather tedious and I have to admit skimming through her reunion with Charles.

Journal Entry 5 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, March 17, 2018

Released 10 mos ago (3/18/2018 UTC) at Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom


Taking to the Old Gang Meetup.

Journal Entry 6 by teapot at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Picked it up at the meeting.

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