John Cleland

(1710—1789) novelist

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journalist and novelist. Although Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (often known as Fanny Hill), published 1748–9, had an enormouss sale, and brought his publisher £10,000, it brought him only 20 guineas. He was summoned before the Privy Council for indecency, but discharged. In 1751 he published the Memoirs of a Coxcomb, and in 1764 The Surprises of Love.

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