Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure was one of the most banned and censored books in the history of literature. John Cleland (a contrary man of letters, prone to boasting and getting into trouble with the law) wrote it while he was in Fleet debtor’s prison. First published in 1748 and withdrawn within a year, it was not legally republished until a hundred years later. Widely considered to be the first example of literary erotica and a stylistic tour de force, with its combination of charm, daring and love of pleasure.
"No wonder this book was banned in Britain..."
Fanny Hill is the first erotic novel ever published and follows the character of Fanny Hill through her adolescent career in prostitution. This novel explores concepts in, not only prostitution, but different sexual fantasies including dominant/submissive relationships, rape fantasies, mutual masturbation, and whether or not it is possible to have sex for pleasure, without love.
Vi følger den unge Fannys oplevelser i Londons dekadente og dunkle miljø; et miljø, der består af glædespiger, bordeller og både frivole og barske oplevelser. Bogen er en bramfri glædespiges førstehåndsberetning fyldt med begær, erotik og romantik. John Cleland: "Fanny Hill - En glædespiges erindringer (1748)". Bogen om den letlevende Fanny, som Cleland skrev, mens han sad i fængsel i London, er blevet kaldt det første eksempel på "roman-porno". Den blev forbudt i store dele af verden og levede i mange, mange år et hemmeligt liv.
Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure is one of the most notorious texts in English literature. As recently as 1963, an unexpurgated edition was the subject of a trial, yet in the 18th century John Cleland's open celebration of sexual enjoyment was a best-selling novel. Fanny's story, as she falls into prostitution and then rises to respectability, takes the form of a confession that is vividly colored by copious and explicit physiological details of her carnal adventures.
Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure is the highly explicit account of an innocent country girl who, on being orphaned, finds herself trapped into prostitution in London Town. The precise and intimate descriptions of her professional experiences, albeit couched in elegant language that never stoops to vulgarity, caused a scandal upon the book's publication in 1748, earning a fortune for its publisher and a court summons for its author.
The hilarious story of Fanny Hill and her erotic exploits in London shocked the religious and literary hierarchy, who condemned the book, thus immediately increasing demand for it. The story chronicles the life of an 18th-century maiden who, left without parents, journeys to the big city to try life on her own. Despite its highly charged erotic content and vehement criticism from the Bishop of London in 1749 as "an open insult upon religion and good manners", this romp through societies high and low contains not a single obscene word.
"A Great First Listen"
Fanny Hill, one of the most popular novels of the 18th century, traces the rise of its heroine from prostitution to middle-class respectability. Condemned in its own time on grounds of indecency, the book was the subject of several law suits until as recently as the 1960s. For today's listener, the work holds as much fascination as when it was first published, not only as the foremost example of English erotic fiction, but as a literary classic in its own right.
"A classic, and still exciting"
Les lettres de Fanny Hill prônent non seulement le libertinage - elles sont immorales - mais elles dépeignent également d'une manière efficace les mœurs anglaises du XVIIIe siècle. Au-delà du charme érotique de l'ouvrage, cette minutieuse chronique permet à l'auditeur de comprendre la vie dans le Londres de ce siècle.
Dieser Roman in Briefform schildert, wie das Landmädchen Fanny Hill zu einer bekannten Lebedame aufsteigt, im Londoner Rotlichtmilieu Karriere macht und zuletzt sehr erfolgreich in einem Edelbordell tätig ist. Doch letztendlich stellt die Titelheldin fest, Erotik habe nur dann einen Reiz, wenn sie mit Liebe verbunden sei.