The hilarious story of Fanny Hill and her erotic exploits in London shocked the religious and literary hierarchy, who condemned the book, thus immediately increasing demand for it. The story chronicles the life of an 18th-century maiden who, left without parents, journeys to the big city to try life on her own. Despite its highly charged erotic content and vehement criticism from the Bishop of London in 1749 as "an open insult upon religion and good manners", this romp through societies high and low contains not a single obscene word.
Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure tells of the erotic adventures of a woman living in England in the late 1700s. The story is organized as a series of letters written by Fanny to an unknown woman recipient. In these letters, Fanny defends her choices in terms of love, carnal desire, and survival. Barbara McCulloh succeeds in capturing the protagonists' sensuality as well as her strength. The performance is captivating; the listener is invested in Fanny's fortunes and misfortunes. Fanny Hill's controversial content continues to rouse the audience's interest centuries after its first publication.
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