It’s nearly impossible to talk about the evolution and existence of the erotic genre without mentioning John Cleland’s Fanny Hill. Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, as it was originally penned, was published in two installments in 1748 and 1749 in the United Kingdom; the book was immediately censored and banned, and both the author and editor were imprisoned. Reason: the publication of a work of fiction depicting the life of a licentious woman and her sexuality in detail and in a manner that was unequivocally and intentionally obscene.Fanny Hill’s prose is amusing, witty and occasionally reflective. When reading its abundant sex scenes with ever-changing scenarios, different characters and sexual practices that do not always end up to be gratifying for a Fanny who tries to find herself in the very heart of licentiousness, we acknowledge the enormous influence of this novel – not only in later books of erotica, but in almost every work of written and audiovisual pornography that we know today.
This illustrated edition of Fanny Hill features the original illustrations by Édouard-Henri Avril.