Fanny Hill, Or, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure
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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 fals into the hands of a brothel-keeper. But only when she is separated from the man she loves does whe enrol 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.
Like its heroine, the novel Fanny Hill has also risen to respectability. It is now recognized as an erotic entertainment that esemplifies both the philosophy of libertinism and the attitudes of eighteenth-century bourgeoisie, combining sensibility, irony and elightened self-interest.