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Memoirs of a Coxcomb

(1751)
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The companion volume to Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (Fanny Hill) in an unexpurgated edition with an analysis of the life and works of John Cleland.

The woman of pleasure was not a figment of John Cleland&#146;s imagination. She lived and moved among the colorful figures of 18th century England. And she had her male counterpart: the coxcomb . . . man of pleasure.

John Cleland knew this life intimately. In Memoirs of a Coxcomb, as in Fanny Hill, he wrote of it with complete frankness and honesty.

Suppressed until recently, it is a major work of exotica.

John Cleland was penniless when he met Ralph Griffith, a bookseller and became partners in a publishing venture. Cleland was to distill his experiences and write a book called Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, a novel that was to become the most sensational piece of erotica in English literature. In 1747 Fanny Hill was launched into circulation and immortality.

Both men achieved their financial objectives - then came the repercussions.

Eighteenth century English aristocrats were austere on the surface and licentious underneath. The members of the Privy Council asked how Cleland could be silenced. The answer was simple. He needed money. So the Privy Council gave him a pension exacting his promise not to write a sequel to Fanny Hill.

For a while the scheme worked. Cleland retired to the country, amusing himself by writing political pamphlets, poetry, and plays. None of Cleland&#146;s neighbors realized that his peaceful, scholarly man was England&#146;s foremost living pornographer.

 
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Paperback Editions

November 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: Memoirs of a Coxcomb
Author(s): John Cleland
ISBN: 1-4942-6166-9 / 978-1-4942-6166-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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June 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Memoirs of a coxcomb.
Author(s): John Cleland
ISBN: 1-170-83533-3 / 978-1-170-83533-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gale ECCO, Print Editions
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May 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Memoirs of a coxcomb.
Author(s): John Cleland
ISBN: 1-170-65206-9 / 978-1-170-65206-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gale ECCO, Print Editions
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April 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: Memoirs of a Coxcomb
Author(s): John Cleland
ISBN: 1-4528-0955-0 / 978-1-4528-0955-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Createspace
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April 2005 : Canada Paperback
Title: Memoirs of a Coxcomb
Author(s): John Cleland
ISBN: 1-55111-568-9 / 978-1-55111-568-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Broadview Press
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May 2001 : USA Paperback
Title: Memoirs of a Coxcomb
Author(s): John Cleland
ISBN: 1-58963-187-0 / 978-1-58963-187-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fredonia Books (NL)
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Audio Editions

January 2008 : USA Audio CD
Title: Memoirs Of A Coxcomb
Author(s): John Cleland
ISBN: 1-60112-171-7 / 978-1-60112-171-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Babblebooks
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Kindle Editions

December 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Memoirs of a Coxcomb
Author(s): John Cleland
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
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November 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Memoirs of a Coxcomb
Author(s): John Cleland
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