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Fanny Hill is a beautifully written work, lyrical and down-to-earth as well as undoubtedly erotic. It still retains its controversial power.
Above all, it is a pleasure to read. Illustrated by Paul Avril , one of the great modern erotic artists, with the illustrations Avril produced for the edition of Fanny Hill.
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Fanny Hill , shrouded in controversy for most of its more than year life, and banned from publication in the United States until , was once considered immoral and without literary merit, even earning its author a jail sentence for obscenity. This uncensored version is set from the edition and includes commentary by Charles Rembar, the lawyer who defended the novel in the U. Supreme Court case, and newly commissioned notes.
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From the beginning, the novel was controversial for its erotic content. Supreme Court until This time, it was because the publisher G. In the past several years, Grove Press had gained publicity by printing two banned books— Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.
Lawrence and Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller—and getting those bans overturned. Eager to fight a similar public battle, G.
As expected, the publisher was charged with obscenity, and it took its case to the highest court in the land. In early , the Supreme Court ruled six to three that Fanny Hill was not obscene and therefore protected by the First Amendment.
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