Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

Paperback | May 17, 2008

byJohn ClelandEditorPeter Sabor

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Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (commonly known as Fanny Hill), the most famous erotic novel in English, was denounced by its author as 'a Book I disdain to defend, and wish, from my Soul, buried and forgot'.Cleland's critics, too, condemned the 'infamous' and 'poisonous' novel when it first appeared in 1748-9. But the proliferation of editions, adaptations, and translations since then bears witness not only to the popularity of scandalous novels, but also to the book's literary merit. Recounted with alively use of metaphor and some curiously moral asides, Fanny Hill's boisterous education as a London prostitute never quite effaces the ingenuous charm of her country upbringing, and her story places her among the great heroines of eighteenth-century literature.

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Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (commonly known as Fanny Hill), the most famous erotic novel in English, was denounced by its author as 'a Book I disdain to defend, and wish, from my Soul, buried and forgot'.Cleland's critics, too, condemned the 'infamous' and 'poisonous' novel when it first appeared in 1748-9. But the proliferation of ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.43 inPublished:May 17, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199540233

ISBN - 13:9780199540235

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AcknowledgementsIntroductionNote on the TextSelect BibliographyA Chronology of John ClelandMemoirs of a Woman of PleasureExplanatory Notes