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Fanny Hill - Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

Top 10 Sexy Books

Fanny Hill was the first pornographic book we ever read as teens, and we learned everything that we ever wanted to know about the sujet of sex. First published in England in 1748, John Cleland's sexy novel has incensed censors ever since. In fact, in the U.S. its last ban was not lifted until 1973, when it was finally deemed to have merit as a literary and historical oeuvre. These days, most critics would call the work bawdy rather than obscene. Sure, some of the pornographic adventures of working girl Fanny are not ones we'd want to live through ourselves, but that's why the book is such a good read aside from 'just' offering erotic encouragement. It shows that even back in the good old buttoned-up days, before Internet porn and Casual Encounters on Craig's List became the norm, it took more to excite people than a bit of exposed stocking or a dropped handkerchief. From flogging to voyeurism, John Cleland's novel covers all 50 shades of sex and then some.

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