Critics’ Reviews

“A great new edition of this classic erotic novel, with a well-grounded introduction, a biography of its strange author, and abundant materials for studying sexuality and fiction in the long eighteenth century.” — James Grantham Turner, University of California Berkeley

“In preparing the elegantly engraved 1766 edition of John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1748), Broadview editors Richard Terry and Helen Williams have lived up to their cover art: an enigmatic, multivalent 1930 photograph of an androgynous nude. A busy introduction sprints from Cleland’s exhausting London life as a man of letters to his long stint with the East India Company to his notorious novel’s place vis-à-vis amatory fiction to its formal problems and the metaphorical devices Cleland invented to solve them. Engrossing footnotes reconstruct the material culture surrounding the novel, enumerating even the ingredients of sack-posset and the chemical composition of hartshorn. Supplementary excerpts from twenty-three contemporary texts foreground eighteenth-century sex, sex work, censorship of sex writing, that writing itself, and its biomedical counterpart (exemplified in Cleland’s own 1761 Institutes of Health).” — Jayne Lewis, Recent Studies in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century

“Scholars and teachers of John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1748– 49) can rejoice: there is now a quality teaching edition of this landmark text available from Broadview.” — Bethany E. Qualls, University of California, Davis, Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts 1640–1830

Posted on June 21, 2018