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Hal Gladfelder,John Cleland
Broadview Press (April 29, 2005)
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Memoirs of a Coxcomb. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press.

However, in 1966 it became the subject of a famous US Supreme Court judgment 383 US 413 A Book Named "John Cleland's Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure" v. Attorney General of Massachusetts, holding that under the US Constitution a modicum of merit precluded its condemnation as obscene. Memoirs of a Coxcomb. ISBN 978-1-55111-568-9.

Broadview Press, 2005.

Published in 1751, John Cleland’s second novel (after the notorious Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) is a witty and complex portrait of aristocratic British society in the mid-eighteenth century. Broadview Press, 2005.

This second novel by Cleland is not as graphic as his first, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1749): rather than landing its author in prison on obscenity charges, this novel received some commercial and critical success.

His most recent book is a study of Cleland's life and career, Fanny Hill in Bombay: The Making and Unmaking of John Cleland (Johns Hopkins, 2012). The Beggar's Opera and Polly. Oxford World's Classics.

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Published in 1751, John Cleland’s second novel (after the notorious Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) is a witty and complex portrait of aristocratic British society in the mid-eighteenth century. Its young protagonist, Sir William Delamore, meets, falls in love with, and pursues the mysterious heiress Lydia. Rather than a conventional romance, however, the novel is an acerbic social satire, and Sir William an unreliable narrator and incomplete hero. In its experiments with narrative form and its sophisticated examination of masculine identity, Memoirs of a Coxcomb is an important marker in the development of the eighteenth-century novel.

This Broadview edition includes a critical introduction that places Memoirs in the context of Cleland’s life and literary career. Also included is a broad selection of appendices, including Tobias Smollett’s review of the novel, selections from Cleland’s criticism, three texts by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and contemporary documents on masculinity (particularly the figures of the coxcomb and the fop) and prostitution.

  • John Cleland is best know for his scandalous first novel, Memoirs of Fanny Hill, published in 1749 as Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure. This, his second novel (1751), is less well known.

    There's a similarity of narrative structure. Fanny Hill, of humble origin, falls into licentious behavior - and ultimately reforms. In Memoirs of a Coxcomb, young and rich Sir William Delamore indulges his "warm constitution" with numerous women - and ultimately reforms.

    The admirable introduction explores the power struggles between men and women in this novel and is quite informative. But not being a scholar, I read the story less critically, perhaps more like an eighteenth-century reader.

    I relished the social satire. For example, Sir William is quite entertaining as he describes the ritual among well-bred women of incessantly "visiting" each other while hoping to find no one "at home." His lively digressions on dissipated young lords, pompous political bores and the dullness of country life are equally amusing. I even enjoyed Sir William's unrealistic romantic obsession with the pure young woman he loved and lost without ever knowing her.

    I have to confess I liked Sir William personally, despite his youthful absurdities, his lustful behavior and his vanity. After all, he was affectionate to his old aunt, he never indulged in gambling or drunkenness, and he avoided sleeping with prostitutes, considering them "unhappy victims of indigence."

    Then there's the fun of Cleland's quaint prose. He describes erotic adventures in euphemistic metaphors - a nice change from the X-rated language in present-day film and fiction.

    The moral aim of fiction was a great subject with eighteenth-century writers. In the interest of condemning human folly, an author could describe it in fascinating detail. Cleland's novel is an excellent example of this curious way of teaching young people a lesson.

  • I feel like going to sleep so I read this to see if the story will pick up. It doesn't. While the story line is about a wastrel the reading of it should feel more interesting and seem more worth the effort. Sorry spent this much time on it already.