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Fanny Hill by John Cleland
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Fanny Hill

by John Cleland

320 ratings, 52 reviews

Often with banned books the publication story is as interesting as the book itself, and Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, or Fanny Hill as it became known, is no exception. It was penned by John Cleland in 1748 while he was in debtor's prison in London. Considered "the first original English prose pornography," Fanny Hill was denounced for "corrupting the King's subjects," and once it was outlawed, it became a widely pirated book. This act would lead the trend that there's nothing better for sales than to get banned.

The story is written as a series of letters from the young Fanny Hill, who loses her parents at the age of 15 and is pushed into a life of lasciviousness. The actual contents of Fanny Hill might seem tame by today's standards, but what sets it apart is its delightful prose and well-wrought story line. So close your blinds and fire up the iPad for some Age of Enlightenment smut.

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Grace Mini

March 31, 2555

Fun to read

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Stacy Graham

May 11, 2014

Emmahowerin4567

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Sex Magnet

April 09, 2014

This book is terrible and is not a good pornography bookπŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”

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Brigney Alvarez

December 07, 2013

This book was really weird

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Ivy Van Hulst

December 06, 2013

A very descriptive yet innocent book about a young girl learning the pleasures of sex and its uses. Although being a great read it does describe certain scenes too many times in too many ways.

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Kemianna Spence

November 23, 2013

I like the pink in it

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Bobby Bulldozer

October 11, 2013

Giggle giggle i had my little brother read me this book while i took a warm bath. After the third page a babe ruth looking thing floated to the top of the water.

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Gaylordhill Pudding

October 11, 2013

After looking at this cover, my pages are stuck togeather. Im bumed out on not turning to the first page because of this

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Ronald Crause

October 09, 2013

Good book with some excellent euphmistic sex scenes especilly in the early chapters as they become a bit repetitive. Enjoyed it overall.

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Jana Trehan

August 21, 2013

Who came up with that COVER!!!!!! i

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Arianne Gilbert

June 30, 2013

Yo

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Barbara Bulkin

June 26, 2013

Wow! What a fun read. Move over Shades of Grey!

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Holly Robinson

June 13, 2013

This book is really goo to read even thought the title is a bit rudeπŸ˜‰ still it's a great book to read πŸ‘πŸŒŸ

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Lucy Stunt

June 02, 2013

Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i loveeeeeeeeeeeeed it!!

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Sadiyah Marsh

March 24, 2013

Great book, but they need to change because it is sort of sending the wrong message.

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Sarah Norris

March 13, 2013

I always wondered why this was banned! It was erotic without resorting to the vulgar, and very forward and controversial for its time. I like the happy ending too as I really didn't expect it; I imagined at first she was writing from prison or something!

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Lily Figueroa

March 09, 2013

CHANGE THE COVER!!!!!!!!!!

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Vincent Dipaola

February 24, 2013

The english language in all it's splendor

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Alexis Fitzgerald

January 31, 2013

I liked it but what kind of cover is that

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Anammir Zaynab

January 28, 2013

No need for the cover!!!!!

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Decosta Ricks

December 11, 2012

Hghggghffdgy

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Rachel Richardson

October 23, 2012

Great example of the style. In spite of the metaphorical flushes, it did get a bit repetitive toward the end. Some of of the earlier encounters were the best described. One could almost feel Fanny's pleasure.

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Gagan Jain

October 10, 2012

Great book

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Lin Li

September 23, 2012

Faaaaaaaaaancyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dana Gabra

September 02, 2012

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Lan Khuu

August 31, 2012

It say the s word but it good

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Sudha Yadav

August 28, 2012

I wanted to read this for longtime enjoyed it a lot

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Cat Smith

August 10, 2012

It's a great book for everyone

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Brooke Borba

August 07, 2012

You really see erotica steppping down from literary ranks after reading this one.

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Jacqueline Sekona

July 29, 2012

Liked it

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Lorraine Guelker

July 26, 2012

I enjoyed reading this classic for the first time and then discussing it with my husband who actually read it in the 11th grade! That teacher was quite a forward thinker. Great book!

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Ally Blanchard

July 26, 2012

This is so far a awesome story

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Kevin Tate

July 25, 2012

Good

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Mareka Broussard

July 25, 2012

Funny

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Monica Montalbano

July 16, 2012

I loved the euphemisms, sometimes I couldn't believe what she was relaying, so I'd reread a bit, and yes that's what I thought she was saying! Very saucy, so glad I read it.

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Gary Taryle

June 24, 2012

Cleland's book is deliciously erotic especially when one considers the impact it must have had on those 18th century moralists who were lucky enough to obtain a copy...

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Ellen Seiders

June 20, 2012

More then I thought it would be. Very erotic and well written. I can see why it was banned in it's day.

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asd asd

June 15, 2012

asdad

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Kayla Reyes

June 01, 2012

Erotic and enjoyable.

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Kelly M

May 21, 2012

Beautifully written and a very enjoyable read . Highly recommend x

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Donna Bass

May 18, 2012

Quick erotic read..

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Nicole Conran

April 27, 2012

For me it was erotic and definitely worth reading :)

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Hailey Mccormack

April 14, 2012

Hailey McCormack

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Bev Gall

April 08, 2012

What a life she led

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Anne Hockenbrouch

February 10, 2012

This was not what I expected. This is pretty graphic erotica.

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Rea Galang

February 04, 2012

Very stimulating

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Saffron Blyth

January 13, 2012

F

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Iain Massey

December 13, 2011

Beautiful prose, sexy but not gross, one of the best.

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Emily Clapp

December 06, 2011

You wind up caring about Fanny, and the "racy" bits are lighthearted. If you like this I also suggest Moll Flanders

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Israel Anschel

November 26, 2011

Good

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Meta Lhaid

September 21, 2011

This book was considered inflammatory and obscene back in the day, so of course it became an instant best seller. The language is elegant and the sex scenes are vigorous without resorting to vulgarity. This is a classic piece of erotica and if you enjoy this genre, I

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Jayden Yoppolo

January 03, 0024

Very delitful