Fanny Hill - Netflix

Andrew Davies's two-part adaptation of John Cleland's infamous, classic 18th-century novel.

Fanny Hill - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2007-10-22

Fanny Hill - Fanny Hill - Netflix

Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (popularly known as Fanny Hill, an anglicisation of the Latin mons veneris, mound of Venus) is an erotic novel by English novelist John Cleland first published in London in 1748. Written while the author was in debtors' prison in London, it is considered “the first original English prose pornography, and the first pornography to use the form of the novel”. It is one of the most prosecuted and banned books in history. A critical edition by Peter Sabor includes a bibliography and explanatory notes. The collection 'Launching “Fanny Hill”' contains several essays on the historical, social and economic themes underlying the novel.

Fanny Hill - Illustrations - Netflix

Every edition of this book that is published contains new illustrations, exposing more and more of the sexual nature of the novel. Distributors of the novel such as John Crosby were imprisoned for “exhibiting [not selling] to sundry persons a certain lewd and indecent book, containing very lewd and obscene pictures of engravings”. Sellers of the novel such as Peter Holmes was imprisoned and charged with "did utter, publish and deliver to one [name]; a certain lewd, wicked, scandalous, infamous and obscene print, on paper, was contained in a certain printed book then and there uttered, [2] published and delivered by him said Peter Holmes intitled “Memoirs of a Woman Of Pleasure” to manifest corruption and subversion of youth, and other good citizens..." Nothing was hands off when it came to illustrations. Illustrations of this novel vary from the first homosexual experience to the flagellation scene.

Editions of the book have frequently featured illustrations, but they have often been of poor quality. An exception to this is the set of mezzotints, probably designed by the artist George Morland and engraved by his friend John Raphael Smith that accompanied one edition.

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