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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fanny Hill by John Cleland

Fanny Hill
by John Cleland
p. 1749
this edition Fitzhenry & Whiteside - A Godwit Paperback
introduction by George Woodcock
p. 1989.

  Along with 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis De Sade, Fanny Hill is the only bawdy 1700s book included in that portion of the 2006 edition of the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list.  The two books are both pornography in the same way that a Vivid movie showing in an airport and a bukkake video are both pornography:  One is more or less socially acceptable, the other is truly transgressive.

  Fanny Hill tells the story of the eponymous heroine/anti-heroine, who is, as the subtitle proclaims "A WOMAN OF PLEASURE."  With the exception of the explicit, graphic sex scenes, the subject matter of Fanny Hill isn't that far away from early 1700s novels like Moll Flanders or Roxana (both by Daniel Defoe.)

 Make no mistake though, herein lies pornography.  NOT FOR THE CHILDREN!

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