Fanny Hill: Or, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (Paperback)

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By John Cleland, Peter Wagner (Editor), Peter Wagner (Introduction by)
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Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, commonly known asFanny Hill, has been shrouded in mystery and controversy since John Cleland completed it in 1749. The Bishop of London called the work 'an open insult upon Religion and good manners' and James Boswell referred to it as 'a most licentious and inflaming book'.The story of a prostitute's rise to respectability, it has been recognized more recently as a unique combination of parody, sensual entertainment and a philosophical concept of sexuality borrowed from French libertine novels. Modern readers will appreciate it not only as an important contribution to revolutionary thought in the Age of Enlightenment, but also as a thoroughly entertaining and important work of erotic fiction, deserving of a place in the history of the English novel beside Richardson, Fielding and Smollett.
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About the Author

Peter Wagner is Professor of Social and Political Theory in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, Florence
Product Details
ISBN: 9780140432497
ISBN-10: 0140432493
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: January 7th, 1986
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics