Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

John Cleland (1709 - 1789)

Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1749) was the first widely-read English novel in the genre “Erotica.” It was written by John Cleland as he was serving hard time at a debtor’s prison in London. Over the centuries, the novel has been repeatedly banned by authorities, assuring its preeminent role in the history of the ongoing struggle against censorship of free expression.

Until Fanny Hill, previous heroines had conducted their amorous liaisons “off-stage.” Any erotic misadventures were described euphemistically. As women who had gone astray, they always repented, which made even their most outrageous dalliances somehow suitable for a moralistic readership. The protagonist of Fanny Hill, however, never repented a single moment of her sexual exploits … quite the contrary! And with Fanny, the devil is in the details, realistically described. (Summary by Denny Mike)

Genre(s): Erotica, Romance

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter 01 Chip
Play 02 Chapter 02 Peter Yearsley
Play 03 Chapter 03 Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Play 04 Chapter 04 Chip
Play 05 Chapter 05 Annie Coleman Rothenberg
Play 06 Chapter 06 Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Play 07 Chapter 07 Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Play 08 Chapter 08 Gesine
Play 09 Chapter 09 Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Play 10 Chapter 10 Nocturna