13 May 2010


More from Peter Stallybrass, this time from his project on Fanny Hill in America. The Memoirs of Fanny Hill, A Woman of Pleasure, was a notorious pornographic novel first published in London in 1748-9. It was circulated widely and suppressed in various ways. These images show unfolded sheets of Fanny Hill that have been marbled and pasted to the covers of some unlikely books-- Asa Lyman's The American reader: Containing Elegant Selections in prose and poetry: designed for the improvement of youth in the art of reading and speaking with propriety and beauty, and for the cultivation of a correct moral taste (1811) and an index to the sermons of the puritan preacher Cotton Mather.

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