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John Cleland (1710 – 1789)

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.
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John Cleland
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.
Cleland quotes
All my foundation in virtue was no other than a total ignorance of vice.
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.

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