John Cleland

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John Cleland (1709January 23 1789) was an English writer; he is best known as the author of the erotic novel Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, sometimes published under the title Fanny Hill.


Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure[edit]

Quotations are cited from Peter Wagner (ed.) Fanny Hill; or, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985).

  • Truth! stark naked truth, is the word, and I will not so much as take the pains to bestow the strip of a gauze-wrapper on it.
    • Page 39
  • All my foundation in virtue was no other than a total ignorance of vice.
    • Page 40
  • I imagined, indeed, that you would have been cloyed and tired with the uniformity of adventures and expressions, inseparable from a subject of this sort, whose bottom or groundwork being, in the nature of things, eternally one and the same, whatever variety of forms and modes the situations are susceptible of, there is no escaping a repetition of near the same images, the same figures, the same expressions.
    • Page 129
  • I feeling pretty sensibly that it was not going by the right door and knocking desperately at the wrong one, I told him of it: "Pooh," says he "my dear, any port in a storm."
    • Page 178

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