Literature: Fanny Hill
aka: Memoirs Of A Woman Of Pleasure
John Cleland's classic erotic novel, banned in the United States until 1966.
Fanny Hill contains examples of:
- Author Appeal: Cleland wrote it from prison, as a young man.
- Band of Brothels: Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Cole's establishments, though they differ exceedingly in particulars...
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Except maybe Charles, and probably William. Not that they last long.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Or rather, a dress in which to be pimped out. Interchangeable, really.
- Unreliable Narrator, on two levels
- In universe: Fanny claims to have suffered a Convenient Miscarriage but many critics suspect she actually had an abortion. She's been abandoned, she owes the equivalent of 200 years' wages (at an honest job) to her landlady, and the landlady is an abortionist. She also can't work as a prostitute while pregnant at the time.
- In Real Life Cleland took his plot from stories he was told by the prostitutes he met in prison. Unfortunately, it appears that their stories were nothing but self-justifying lies, since prostitution at the time wasn't anything like Cleland describes.