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Book Title: Fanny Hill|
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The author of the book: John Cleland
Edition: Momentum (Pan Macmillan)
Date of issue: January 15th 2013
ISBN 13: 9781743341575
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Written from prison and banned for over a century, the infamous Fanny Hill is the first erotic novel ever written.
Fanny Hill follows the life of a fifteen-year-old orphan girl, Fanny, who moves to London after her parents die. Broke and alone in London, Fanny meets Mrs Brown, who runs a brothel and tries to force Fanny into working for her. There she is given an education in lust, prostitution, and masturbation. When she falls in love with a young nobleman, he steals her away from the clutches of Mrs Brown, but later disappears himself. Will she ever see her lover again?
John Cleland’s Fanny Hill is the precursor of all erotic fiction. It is a worthy addition to Momentum’s Classic Erotica series.
Praise for Fanny Hill:
"Cleland offers a vivid social picture of his time (and) spoke as an artist. I do not deny that Fanny Hill can shock some tender sensibilities, but I do not regard it as an evil book." — J. Donald Adams, The New York Times Book Review
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Read information about the authorJohn Cleland (1709 – 1789) was an English novelist, most famous - and infamous - as the author of the erotic novel Fanny Hill: or, the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure.
He was born in Kingston upon Thames in Surrey but grew up in London, where his father was first an officer in the British Army and then a civil servant; he was also a friend to Alexander Pope, and Lucy Cleland was a friend or acquaintance of both Pope, Viscount Bolingbroke, Chesterfield, and Horace Walpole. The family possessed good finances and moved among the finest literary and artistic circles of London.
Cleland entered Westminster School in 1721, but he left or was expelled in 1723. His departure was not for financial reasons, but whatever misbehavior or allegation had led to his departure is unknown. Historian J. H. Plumb speculates that Cleland's puckish and quarrelsome nature was to blame, but, whatever caused Cleland to leave, he entered the British East India Company after leaving school. He began as a soldier and worked his way up into the civil service of the company and lived in Bombay from 1728 to 1740. He returned to London when recalled by his dying father. Upon William's death, the estate went to Lucy for administration. She, in turn, did not choose to support John.
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