Fanny Hill

John Cleland


Fanny Hill


Fanny Hill follows the life of a fifteen-year-old orphan girl, Fanny, who moves to London after her parents die. Broke and alone in London, Fanny meets Mrs Brown, who runs a brothel and tries to force Fanny into working for her. There she is given an education in lust, prostitution, and masturbation. When she falls in love with a young nobleman, he steals her away from the clutches of Mrs Brown, but later disappears himself. Will she ever see her lover again?

John Cleland’s Fanny Hill is the precursor of all erotic fiction. It is a worthy addition to Momentum’s Classic Erotica series.

Praise for Fanny Hill:

“Cleland offers a vivid social picture of his time (and) spoke as an artist. I do not deny that Fanny Hill can shock some tender sensibilities, but I do not regard it as an evil book.” J. Donald Adams, The New York Times Book Review


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Author Information

John Cleland

John Cleland (1709 1789) was an English novelist made infamous for his banned novel Fanny Hill: or, the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. Cleland was born in Surrey but was educated in London and then entered the British East India Company as a soldier. After being arrested for a debt, he began composing his erotic novel while in prison. He was once more arrested after the publication of the book, which he disavowed in court. With the exception of …

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