Fanny Hill by John Cleland Peter Wagner Online

Fanny Hill
Title : Fanny Hill
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ISBN : 9780140432497
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 240

Forced by the death of her parents to seek her fortune in London, Fanny Hill is duped into prostitution by an old procuress. In Mrs Brown's bawdy-house the naïve young woman begins her sexual initiation - progressing from innocence to curiosity and desire - and soon embarks on her own path in pursuit of pleasure, until she at last finds true love. John Cleland's story of FForced by the death of her parents to seek her fortune in London, Fanny Hill is duped into prostitution by an old procuress. In Mrs Brown's bawdy-house the naïve young woman begins her sexual initiation - progressing from innocence to curiosity and desire - and soon embarks on her own path in pursuit of pleasure, until she at last finds true love. John Cleland's story of Fanny's rise to respectability was denounced after its publication by the then Bishop of London as 'an open insult upon Religion and good manners', while James Boswell called it 'a most licentious and inflaming book'. But beside its highly entertaining and boisterous depictions of a startling variety of sexual acts, Fanny Hill stands as one of the great works of eighteenth-century fiction for its unique combination of parody, erotica and philosophy of sensuality.


Fanny Hill Reviews

  • Alex

    If you've heard one euphemism for penis, youwell, you haven't heard them all. Once you finish this book, then you'll have heard them all.I had more fun reading this porn than I did many other 18-century novels, but that's largely because it's very short; faced with 600 pages of this, and given that I've already seen the word "vermilion" at least 600 times, I would probably give up.And as porn goes, it's.okay I guess? It's not exactly hot, but it's not unacceptably un-hot, either, which is more t [...]

  • Emily May

    I'm talking about an erotic novel here, so maybe don't read my review if you tend to get offended by open and frank discussion about sexual acts. Just warning you in advance :)Okay, firstly, this is porn. Just porn. Not a great literary achievement, not something that will sit snug in your mind with the Austen and Bronte classics PORN. It got quite a reputation for being the first pornography to appear in novel form, and it also got a reputation because it was banned for multiple centuries and r [...]

  • Fabian

    All sex acts are unique, beautiful, & uniquely beautiful in the immensely pleasurable "Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure." Through the ages, sex has brought wondrous delight to human beings and here is testament of that fortitude over mere convention and the evil forces of repression.This, like the ever-powerful "Naked Lunch" centuries later, had to be defended/bashed fervently by those thinking the book had any power over weak minds or even anything, um, ethical? Still, le petit mort (or being [...]

  • Jessica

    They should make me Education Secretary. I'd make Fanny Hill required reading in freshman English classes across the country, thus instantly solving our country's illiteracy problem and instilling an abiding love of literature in our nation's young citizens.I miss my copy of this book! I'd never heard of it before when I found it in a box on the sidewalk in Park Slope a few years ago, and had no idea what a lovely filthy treasure I had just unearthed. I hope Lindsey enjoyed my edition of this ve [...]

  • Aubrey

    If I could go back in time and track Cleland down for a nice chat, I'd smack him in the face with a clipboard and watch him like a hawk till he'd read through the list clipped there in its entirety. Better yet, I'd take a woman and a man back with me, both of them less concerned with feminism issues to an unholy extent than I, and let the conversings about the genders commence. Maybe then, perhaps, I'd figure this author out.The list? An abridged version of the following.If you've seen my review [...]

  • Duane

    By 18th century standards it was literary smut. Even by today's standards it is bawdy. Fellow GR reviewer Jessica called it "lovely filthy filth". It has survived the centuries though and still finds itself in print and apparently still being read by hundreds of members.

  • Jan-Maat

    A strikingly repetitive book - certainly not a novel, with a curious jolly hockey sticks air to it.Structured as the memoirs of an innocent young girl, written in letters to a lady, from the countryside who is tricked into a life of prostitution (of the decorous type in respectable brothels not the wandering about Covent Garden type). It has a good deal of admiring descriptions of penises follows and the noun vermilion is frequently used to describe the vulvas seen during the course of her work. [...]

  • Luís C.

    Having become an orphan at 16, Fanny is taken to London by a "benefactress" who abandons her as soon as she arrives. The girl was immediately spotted and picked up by a madam, who immediately began to put a price on virginity. A delightful friend and a few sessions of voyeurism will suffice to instruct her.Fanny falls in love with her first lover, also reciprocal love. But the father of the latter takes her away from the country: Fanny then has no other resources than to prostitute again.The aut [...]

  • Stela

    There is a saying – Curiosity killed the cat. I learned about this 18th century porn while reading David Lodge’s Modes of Modern Writing, and of course it aroused my interest regarding both the language and the approach of a subject I had thought until then too daring for a prude period. It seems I was wrong and all that prudeness we know about is due to 19th century, mainly Victorian period. So, for one of most banished books in history (as informs us) Fanny Hill is not even very revolutio [...]

  • Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly

    An outstanding allegorical work. Using tales of sex, John Cleland managed to portray the common fate of women: from their blissful innocence, to their hard lives, their exploitation by men, rebellion and ultimate redemption. First person narrator here is the young and beautiful Fanny Hill. This is the story of her poverty as an orphan, the innocence of her virginity, her corruption in a brothel, her languid life as a mistress, her defiant infidelities and wild sexual abandon, and finally her red [...]

  • Christina

    A rather repetitive and primitive story of a young naive girl who arrives in London without any money or family to take care of her and who have to endure a lot of hardship before finally finding her true love. The hardship, however, is mostly in the form of a lot of sex which she finds a lot of pleasure in - this is truly a book where the means are more important than the end and the means are described in detail, unfortunately these details are more or less the same, repeated over and over, on [...]

  • Michael

    In 1748 English novelist John Cleland went to debtors’ prison; while he was there he wrote a novel that went on to become the most prosecuted and banned book in history. Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure is often referred to as Fanny Hill and is considered one of the first pornographic novels in the English language. Due to the release of this book, Cleland and his publisher Ralph Griffiths were both arrested and charged with “corrupting the King’s subjects”. The book went on to become so p [...]

  • Sheri

    So I'm not really sure where to go here. I have a ton of thoughts but not really sure how best to organize.On one hand, I am astounded by the blatent language and content (given that this was published in 1748). Some of it makes fifty shades look tame (although if you read my review of that, my complaint there was that it really wasn't as graphic as advertised). I was also pleased (while simultaneously offended) at the progressive description of female sexuality. Especially after reading such cr [...]

  • Anya

    It was free on Gutenberg and seventeen year old Anya wanted some sexy fun times. Unfortunately, this book was pure porn with no sexy fun times to be had. Seventeen year old Anya was very disappointed. :c

  • Charity

    Hooray for smut!Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure is widely considered the first pornographic novel and one of the most heavily banned books around. I thought it was an enjoyable read overall (though I found the first part/letter more entertaining than the second), but it really doesn't have much more storyline than modern-day porn. I also would have to agree with other reviewers who complained of it being rather penis-centric (the women just ooh and aah over all the amazing penises) [...]

  • Teodora Kasabova

    Ако трябва да опиша с една дума "Мемоарите на една лека жена" тя ще бъде отрезвяваща. Отне ми доста време да прочета тези скромни няма и триста странички, но и ми даде много храна за размисъл. И една сериозна част от вината за това е дело на преводача. Благодаря на целия екип на [...]

  • Diana D

    Трудно ми е да оценя книгата, защото бидейки скандална с откровеността си, носи и много красота, поезия, стойност. Не, историята не е пошла и порнографска, нито пък е цинична или грозна, напротив, книгата е написана с типичния английски изтънчен финес от отминалите времена и [...]

  • Kim

    This was pretty fucking awful. The writing is terrible - I don't care what century you're from. Entire paragraphs that consist of one long, bloated sentence with about fourteen commas? Kill me.And I'm not exaggerating when I say that this guy loved the absolute shit out of synonyms. He crammed those babies, three and four at a time, into sentences that I was barely following in the first place. He couldn't tell you, for instance, about that whore over there with the pale white skin without also [...]

  • Laura

    Free download available at Project Gutenberg.Opening lines:I sit down to give you an undeniable proof of my considering your desires as indispensable orders. Ungracious then as the task may be, I shall recall to view those scandalous stages of my life, out of which I emerged, at length, to the enjoyment of every blessing in the power of love, health and fortune to bestow; whilst yet in the flower of youth, and not too late to employ the leisure afforded me by great ease and affluence, to cultiva [...]

  • Roman Clodia

    Divided into two long letters written by Fanny to a female friend, this feels like a book of two halves. The first makes an intervention into the standard story of the innocent young woman, alone and without resources: Fanny makes her way to London, falls in love then loses her beloved Charles. Taken advantage of, and after a brief period of distress, rather than wringing her hands Fanny finds herself taking to her new-found role as a purchased mistress and rather good at both giving and taking [...]

  • Luis

    Se trata de uno de los libros más estrambóticos que existen.Fanny Hill es un clásico de la literatura erótica, que ya provocó un gran revuelo en su publicación en 1748, llevándola incluso a censurarse su distribución durante dos siglos. La historia cuenta sin ningún pudor como Fanny, una hija de humildes campesinos, sufre la muerte de su familia y decide llegar a Londres a buscar una buena vida. Pero su inocencia será presa de mujeres sin escrúpulos que intentarán vender sus artes No [...]

  • Orbi Alter

    Obozavam klasike! Ta percepcija zena koje padaju u trans za muskarcem probudi razlicite vrste negativno nijansiranih emocija u meni, pa sam i dalje u potrazi za kvalitetnijim erotskim klasikom kojeg potpisuje zena i to s nadom u nesto drugaciju perspektivu. Hoce li onda i one bit tako slabe i polunesposobne? Na stranu to, zabavih se slatkastim metaforama umjesto prostacenjima, sve bude dobro na kraju sto me isto malo zacudi s obzirom na vrijeme i kontekst, prava ljubav rasturi sve, a novopeceni [...]

  • Ana Lúcia

    Fanny Hill – Memórias de uma Prostituta, considerado o primeiro romance erótico da modernidade, foi escrito em 1748, quando John Cleland, estava preso por dívidas.Publicado pela primeira vez em 1749, os preconceitos da época impediram a sua livre circulação, mas não conseguiram embaciar o êxito a que estava destinado e ao longo dos tempos, tem sido sempre sinónimo da batalha contra a censura erótica.Este livro consegue ser uma obra de arte, da qual sobressai, beleza, poesia e delicad [...]

  • Jennifer

    I had no idea when I read this that people could be so naughty "back then". Heh. I am thinking I wouldn't even blink at the book now and would probably grumble at the lack of plot - but when I was a teen and I read this - it was shocking and kind of funny.

  • Cecily

    Anne says "Cleland was the first writer to represent sexual acts as something beautiful, rather than vulgar or ridiculous." Her full review here: /review/show

  • Grace Harwood

    Oh my Goodness, I find it so hard to believe that this book came out of the same century as the works of Mrs Radcliffe!! I could hardly believe what I was reading as something which came out just a few decades earlier than those Radcliffean novels of sensibility and refined heroines. Fanny Hill is anything but refined. From Radcliffe you will get elongated descriptions of scenery which will elevate your soul - from this you get elongated descriptions of something else mainly genitalia. I read th [...]

  • Sarah Jacquie

    I have a thing where I MUST read controversial/banned books, and this one I HAD to read being that it was written in 1748! Controversial books written before America was even a country I'm in. Not big on romance, and I definitely don't read erotica. I went in thinking this would be amusingly tame and innocent, something like Moll Flanders or Vanity Fair with an R rating a bit ahead of it's time.1963, the US let up on obscenity laws and amazing books were published for the public to read. This bo [...]

  • Kristina

    Интересно четиво, разказващо за едно време, в което куртизанската професия не е била особено на почит, но пък е била не малко доходоносна. Беше ми любопитно как са живяли по онези времена, но самата книга не беше нищо специално.

  • Katerina

    This is just some well written porn. That's it.There was no plot, no story whatsoever, just a main character who fell in love with a different man every couple of pages and a lot, I mean a lot, of sex.I actually skipped some of the sex parts, because they got too repetitive and boring after a while.Nothing really happens in this book and I was a bit disappointed by that. I was actually quite excited to read this because of how controversial it was when it first came out all those years ago, and [...]

  • Daniel Namie

    "Having very curiously and attentively compared the size of that enormous machine, which did not appear, at least to my fearful imagination, less than my wrist, and at least three of my hand-full long, to that of the tender small part of me which was framed to receive it, I could not conceive its being possible to afford it entrance without dying, perhaps in the greatest pain, since she well knew that even a finger thrust in there hurt me beyond bearing." --By John Cleland, Memoirs of Fanny [...]