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John Cleland

John Cleland was an English novelist best known as the author of Fanny Hill: or, the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. James Boswell called him "a sly, old malcontent". John Cleland began courting the Portuguese in a vain attempt to refound the Portuguese East India Company. In 1748, Cleland was arrested for an �840 debt (equivalent to a purchasing power of about �100,000 in 2005) and committed to Fleet Prison, where he remained for over a year. It was while he was in prison that Cleland...See more