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ISBN:
1858131995
ISBN13:
978-1858131993
Author:
John Cleland
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Paragon House; Abridged, unexpurgated edition (1989)
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4.7

Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure-popularly known as Fanny Hill (possibly an anglicisation of the Latin mons veneris, mound of Venus)-is an erotic novel by English novelist John Cleland first published in London in 1748

Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure-popularly known as Fanny Hill (possibly an anglicisation of the Latin mons veneris, mound of Venus)-is an erotic novel by English novelist John Cleland first published in London 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". It is one of the most prosecuted and banned books in history.

By: John Cleland (1709-1789). One of the most controversial and censored books in English literature, Fanny Hill is regarded as the first original English prose pornography. Notorious for its vivid depiction of sexual exploits in all possible forms, the novel digs up the most thrilling erotic fantasies and pieces them together in a most seductive manner.

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Download Fanny Hill free in PDF & EPUB format. Orphaned at fifteen, Frances Hill, with little skill and education, must find a way to survive. She leaves her village for London and finds employment at Mrs. Brown’s brothel. Download JOHN CLELAND's Fanny Hill for your kindle, tablet, IPAD, PC or mobile.

Fanny Hill - a book written in 1749 by John Cleland about the sexual adventures of a young woman, Fanny Hill. It is written in a very ↑elegant style but has many sex scene. ictionary of contemporary English. Fanny Hill - a novel (1749) by John Cleland (1707–89) about the sexual adventures of a young woman in 18th–century London. Its original title was Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. The book was banned in Britain when a company tried to publish it in.

My maiden name was Frances Hill. I was born at a small village near Liverpool, in Lancashire, of parents extremely poor, and, I piously believe, extremely honest. My father, who had received a maim on his limbs that disabled him from following the more laborious branches of country-drudgery, got, by making of nets, a scanty subsistence, which was not much enlarg’d by my mother’s keeping a little day-school for the girls in her neighbourhood.

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Reviews:
  • Cheber
... At the same time, allow me to place you here an excuse I am conscious of owing you, for having, perhaps, too much affected the figurative style; though surely, it can pass nowhere more allowable than in a subject which is so properly the province of poetry, nay, is poetry itself, pregnant with every flower of imagination and loving metaphors, even were not the natural expressions, for respects of fashion and sound, necessarily forbidden.

Although rife with typos (were they ALL in the original edition?) and currently unavailable, this is a serviceable (fre)e-book of an 18th Century classic.

Fanny is the female Odysseus- she sees the ways of many men, and then sails home again.

Men, and monsters.. Let me quote an early passage at length:

Imagine to yourself, a man rather past threescore, short and ill-made, with a yellow cadaverous hue, great goggle eyes, that stared as if he was strangled; an out-mouth from two more properly tusks than teeth, livid lips, and breath like a Jake's: then he had a peculiar ghastliness in his grin, that made him perfectly frightful, if not dangerous to women with child; yet, made as he was thus in mock of man, he was so blind to his own staring deformities, as to think himself born to please, and that no woman could see him with impunity: in consequence of which idea, he had lavished great sums on such wretches as could gain upon themselves to pretend love to his person, whilst to those who had not art or patience to dissemble the horror it inspired, he behaved even brutally. Impotence, more than necessity, made him seek in variety, the provocative that was wanting to raise him to the pitch of enjoyment, which he too often saw himself baulked of, by the failure of his powers: and this always threw him into a fit of rage, which he wreaked, as far as he durst, on the innocent objects of his fit of momentary desire.

Cleland wrote this as a 'pot-boiler' to get himself out of debtor's prison, but the language is clear and forceful, not elegant but also never coarse. I could easily quote a 'warm' scene or two, but instead listen to this:

As soon as he had disengaged, the charming Emily got up, and we crowded round her with congratulations and other officious little services; for it is to be noted, that though all modesty and reserve were banished from the transaction of these pleasures, good manners and politeness were inviolably observed: there was no gross ribaldry, no offensive or rude behaviour, or ungenerous reproaches to the girls for their compliance With the humours and desires of the men. On the contrary, nothing was wanting to soothe, encourage, and soften the sense of their condition to them. Men know not in general how much they destroy of their own pleasure, when they break through the respect and tenderness due to our sex, and even to those of it who live only by pleasing them.

Although not quite as fond of this book as when I first read it, I still rate it very high among books of its time, and among books of its kind.
  • Marinara
Clearly, the forward use of metaphors and similes in such a skillful and unabashed manner distinguishes the book as a literary Great.

The eloquent skill aside, Cleland paints a torrid imagery on the canvas of 1740s London.
  • Kirizan
This is by no means to be taken as a factual or documentary account of an actual country girl's exploits in 18th century London. In addition, this is not one man's perverted erotic tale meant to amuse himself in prison. If you should read this book, word for word, you will understand a few things, aside from the exploitation of young women into sexual slavery, of course, that is the main tragedy of the book, but I think Cleland wants us to somehow look past that and into this bizarre world, whether his vision is accurate or not, and to see the persistence and optimism of a young woman who has lost every shred of control a human could hope for over her life. Not only that, but through this scenario, Cleland permits himself to explore the delights of the body, the mind, and the heart. It is believed that, since one of his early dear friends wrote a document about homosexual male sex, that perhaps he and Cleland had been lovers. The chain of conclusions then leads to the proposition that Cleland himself was homosexual and that he adopted the voice of a young woman to explore the delights of the male gender. However, I propose that aside from heterosexuality or homosexuality, Cleland constructs a world in which the reader, if willing, is prompted to open up to ideas of the beautiful variations of the shape of the human body, its secret rewards, surprises, and pleasures. Cleland, if anything, is pansexual, as is Fanny Hill. Notably, the book's single homosexual scene, witnessed by Fanny, via the ever-present spy hole in the wall at the brothel, leaves her incensed! She runs away in revulsion, which, given her history, seems an unduly harsh reaction; her exclamation regarding the incident? "They had sex without a woman! There was no woman involved!" At the end of the day, Fanny Hill is a story of humanity, sexuality, gender roles, gender rights, exploration and liberation.
  • Painbrand
This book is the very first pornographic novel ever written (not the first sexual literature, but the first NOVEL to be deemed pornographic). So, if you are as obsessed with novels (classic novels) as I am, then this will make a great addition to your collection. Plus, if you have a kindle, you can just get this book from Amazon for FREE! You can't beat free. The story itself is comical, graphic, and kind of a snooze fest. The sexual descriptions are very drawn out and wordy with lots of flowery language and interesting euphemisms and metaphors. I did not feel at all "hot and bothered" while reading it, but I'm old and jaded, so I'm guessing my 13 year old self would have found this novel pretty steamy.
  • Siralune
I mean: I'm glad I read it. The history and backstory are enough to make Fanny Hill a required read. It's fairly interesting and provocative. Hot might be a stretch, but only for some.
  • Fenritaur
I ordered this book for my Kindle because somebody (of course) stole my paper copy years ago. I wanted to compare it with that sophomoric, abysmally written best-seller, those ridiculous Shades of Grey books. Mr. Cleland, "you done good." Your Fanny Hill is as funny, as vibrant (pun not intended, but I like it!), as raunchy yet decorous, and as instructive in the Arts of Pleasuring as ever. I love her and your book about her. Still.

I must add (esp. in view of the cover illustration) that, although Cleland is a man (and it shows in a lot of the scenes), it is MEN who are shown experiencing masochistic delights, not hapless (and very stupid) young women (cf. Grey Shades).