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Dreadful Book Covers: Fanny Hill, by John Cleland

Last weekend, I spent a few hours crawling around on the floor of the Strand Bookstore, taking pictures for Dreadful Book Covers (and hiding from Strand employees and other patrons, harder than one might think). In search for more dreadful covers to adorn this blog, I uncovered the book above: Fanny Hill: Or, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. Originally written by John Cleland in the mid-18th century, Fanny Hill was the ultimate erotic novel and was ultimately banned for its bawdy content. I love (not) how the cover of this recently-published edition has the woman's anatomy clearly outlined. Not to mention, her tongue is sticking out, for some bizarre reason. Sexual desire, maybe? If so, this is a weird way to depict it. Random fun fact: John Cleland has the same birthday as F. Scott Fitzgerald.


Reporter Paige said…
Very bizarre indeed. I hate that I do it but a great cover will draw me to a book and a "dreadful" one will scare me away. The cliche may be true but it is harder to get past than you'd think! That one is especially bad. I think that they maybe meant her lips to just be really full but didn't draw the line through the center? I dunno.
jlshall said…
What were they thinking? That is really just too, too awful. Good thing you didn't get caught snapping the photo.
Stephanie said…
Ha, only a blogger would sneak around to get the perfect picture!
That's awful! That girl is scary. I like this feature on your blog, keep it coming!
Sandra said…
She looks like a crude boy's washroom stall I got a kick out of your covers.

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