Fanny: Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones

Fanny Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout Jones Discovered on the doorstep of a country estate in Wiltshire England the infant Fanny is raised to womanhood by her adoptive parents Lord and Lady Bellars Fanny wants to become the epic poet of the

  • Title: Fanny: Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones
  • Author: Erica Jong
  • ISBN: 9780393324358
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • Discovered on the doorstep of a country estate in Wiltshire, England, the infant Fanny is raised to womanhood by her adoptive parents, Lord and Lady Bellars Fanny wants to become the epic poet of the age, but her plans are dashed when she is ravished by her libertine stepfather Fleeing to London, Fanny falls in with idealistic witches and highwaymen who teach her of worlDiscovered on the doorstep of a country estate in Wiltshire, England, the infant Fanny is raised to womanhood by her adoptive parents, Lord and Lady Bellars Fanny wants to become the epic poet of the age, but her plans are dashed when she is ravished by her libertine stepfather Fleeing to London, Fanny falls in with idealistic witches and highwaymen who teach her of worlds she never knew existed After toiling in a London brothel that caters to literati, Fanny embarks on a series of adventures that teach her what she must know to live and prosper as a woman Soon to be a major Broadway musical Reading group guide included.

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    About "Erica Jong"

    1. Erica Jong

      Erica Jong novelist, poet, and essayist has consistently used her craft to help provide women with a powerful and rational voice in forging a feminist consciousness She has published 21 books, including eight novels, six volumes of poetry, six books of non fiction and numerous articles in magazines and newspapers such as the New York Times, the Sunday Times of London, Elle, Vogue, and the New York Times Book Review In her groundbreaking first novel, Fear of Flying which has sold twenty six million copies in than forty languages , she introduced Isadora Wing, who also plays a central part in three subsequent novels How to Save Your Own Life, Parachutes and Kisses, and Any Woman s Blues In her three historical novels Fanny, Shylock s Daughter, and Sappho s Leap she demonstrates her mastery of eighteenth century British literature, the verses of Shakespeare, and ancient Greek lyric, respectively A memoir of her life as a writer, Seducing the Demon Writing for My Life, came out in March 2006 It was a national bestseller in the US and many other countries Erica s latest book, Sugar in My Bowl, is an anthology of women writing about sex, has been recently released in paperback.Erica Jong was honored with the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature She has also received Poetry magazine s Bess Hokin Prize, also won by W.S Merwin and Sylvia Plath In France, she received the Deauville Award for Literary Excellence and in Italy, she received the Sigmund Freud Award for Literature The City University of New York awarded Ms Jong an honorary PhD at the College of Staten Island.Her works have appeared all over the world and are as popular in Eastern Europe, Japan, China, and other Asian countries as they have been in the United States and Western Europe She has lectured, taught and read her work all over the world A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University s Graduate Faculties where she received her M.A in 18th Century English Literature, Erica Jong also attended Columbia s graduate writing program where she studied poetry with Stanley Kunitz and Mark Strand In 2007, continuing her long standing relationship with the university, a large collection of Erica s archival material was acquired by Columbia University s Rare Book Manuscript Library, where it will be available to graduate and undergraduate students Ms Jong plans to teach master classes at Columbia and also advise the Rare Book Library on the acquisition of other women writers archives Calling herself a defrocked academic, Ms Jong has partly returned to her roots as a scholar She has taught at Ben Gurion University in Israel, Bennington College in the US, Breadloaf Writers Conference in Vermont and many other distinguished writing programs and universities She loves to teach and lecture, though her skill in these areas has sometimes crowded her writing projects As long as I am communicating the gift of literature, I m happy, Jong says A poet at heart, Ms Jong believes that words can save the world.

    782 thoughts on “Fanny: Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones”

    1. It's a sexy romp -- and a feminist manifesto -- but it's not great literature. Or a great love story! I have mixed feelings about FANNY. On the one hand, I adore wild sex and adventurous pairings. And this book has plenty of both! On the other hand, I resent Erica Jong's constant flaunting of her educational pedigree, her Manhattan posturing, the subtle snobbery that consistently undermines her feminist preaching. And I can't help but feel that there are (literally) hundreds of hard-working roma [...]


    2. Warning: if you loved this book when it first came out, don't revisit!I gave this book 5 stars because that's how I felt about it - in 1980. LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT!Having just reread it - wincing the whole time - Erica Jong's feminist rant/18th century sex romp is a bit sad and silly in 2012. Fun but overwrought. Thirty years later, Fanny didn't age well - or maybe I did.If you like sexy (OK, porn-ish) historical romance and are between the ages of 16 and 25, go for it. If not, think twice.Sincere [...]


    3. This book was pretty astounding. Very rarely have I reacted to a book with as much gusto - and I'm not talking about tears and laughter here, I'm talking about flat out shock. In terms of fiction, I've never had a book startle me as much as this one did and I loved it all the more for it. Erica Jong wrote this in such a manner that I truly believed she was Fanny Hackabout-Jones. She said in the beginning that she would keep no modesty, and she kept true to her word. The events in this book had w [...]


    4. Titel: Fanny. Forfatter: Erica Jong. Sider: 499. Forlag: Gyldendals Bogklub. Udgivelsesår: 1980. Anmeldereksemplar: Litfix ★★★★★“Forældreløs, hore, eventyrerske, holdt elskerinde, slavefarer, sekretær, heks, ja, tilmed benådet pirat! Ved Gudinden, min egen livshistorie var en bedre historie end alle opdigtede historier. Og ved Gudinden, det var på tide at fortælle det hele”.Fanny er en altopslugende, omfattende, spændende, farefuld, lystig, liderlig, litterær, feministisk [...]


    5. erica jong takes the traditional long-winded historical adventure novel and liberally sprinkles it with sex and feminism. an interesting and amusing read. but i prefer the traditional long-winded historical adventure novel, there's not as much preciousness involved.


    6. [These notes were made in 1982:]. An interesting attempt to imitate the eighteenth-century style while imposing the anachronism of 20th-century sensibilities on an eighteenth-century setting. Fanny Hackabout-Jones is supposed to be the true original of Fanny Hill, and while she has, if anything, even wilder erotic adventures than her namesake, she is also possessed of a good strong feminist bent with which she becomes very much too didactic at times - in fact, even the generally didactic tone of [...]


    7. At first it just seemed a bit overdrawn (to say the least) but upon sinking into the book a bit more I realized it was as if I was reading in the 18th century. One of the earliest forms of novel: the travel memoir and at a time when writing as a woman was highly unusual (and unseemly). Thus Erica once again supports women's rights and equality to men even while her heroine lives by some extremely chauvinistic standards. An excellent framework for her soapbox to fit into prettily. Her obvious kno [...]


    8. Picked this up at a thrift store, as I do so many of my books, and fell in love with it. I guess first reading Eric Jong at the age of 50 makes me a late bloomer, had no idea what a remarkable writer she was. I fell in love this story of pirates and witches and reluctant whores, Fanny's fierceness in her own womanhood and love on both land and high seas.


    9. Though I could not believe any woman of the time would have that boldness and freedom, I absolutely loved this more than bawdy adventure and romance. It has been years since I read this book, and the fond memories have inspired the desire to reread this novel. It has everything: romance, adventure, erotica, violence, humor and pathos.


    10. I learned from this book that knowing about other time periods, or knowing about anything really, helps make a better reading experience. The knowledge and writing experience Erica Jong provides in this novel is unlike anything I have ever read before, because, not only is it open like a wound, one really feels a connection to the character because she is so human.


    11. Go girl! Own thyself! Reading this book is one of my favorite things to do when I feel like the world sucks!


    12. I didn't know what I was getting myself into before reading this. It was given to me by a friend who's very sure this is my type of reading. This is the first novel I read from Erica Jong and my friend was right, I loved it!I skipped the "book within a book" table of contents as there were some spoilers there. I'm always looking for something new; whenever I get too engrossed reading the same genre for say, 5 books, I need a breath of fresh air and this story provided it.What an adventure it was [...]


    13. Eirica Jong has been accused by some readers of writing essentially pornographic novels, but my definition of porn is that it's dedicated to stimulating bodily instincts entirely, while I find anything Jong writes appeals to the thoughty as well as the naughty bits. This book, a historical/literary reimagining of the bawdy early English novel Fanny Hill which has found itself hidden in bookshelves and under the mattresses of many a man and boy and maybe as many woman and girl since it was writte [...]


    14. und myself unable to generate A Will To Read so I reached into the past (thanks be to Copperfish Books, FLA) and bought a like new hard cover first edition of Jong's Fanny (read it way back in the 80s) and found it to be the tonic I needed. A romphack writing? not so when Erica is the writer. The only time the story vexed was when a hapless Fanny found herself locked in Madame Coxtart's upstairs chamber unable to halloo Littlehat. Full of vexation became I, "Nay Fanny find a make do cudgel with [...]


    15. My mom gave this book to me for christmas. It was written during the midst of the sexual revolution and shows it. In the guise of a historical romance (the writing style does get a little tiresome) it is a feminist anthem and story of how one women- through totally unrealistic means- finds herself. It is a book everyone should read.


    16. I remember it to be one of the weirdest, yet best books I ever read. To be honest, I probably read it at too young (I was 15) but I did enjoyed it. If you like historical books and romance I think you'll probably like this one as well.


    17. What I consider Erica's best novel. Not only does she present an intelligent and dramatic tale, but she conveys it in language appropriate to the 18th century. How she skews male writers that are in the canon is brilliant and hilarious.


    18. Of rogues and whores, weirdos and witches, pirates and highway men, spiced with eroticism and wit that leave your senses tingling and your mind pondering life and beyond. A must read for all women, mothers, feminists and witches out there and for all not-faint-hearted men.


    19. Well - it's a bawdy, sometimes nearly-pornographic, sometimes disgusting tale. But I love its charm and its sex-positive feminist attitude. I am almost done with it, and the suspense is forcing me to devour it at this point





    20. I give her points for studying Olde English and trying, but this seems to be an excuse to use medieval words for genitalia.



    21. I generally love Erica Jong and would follow her anywhere. Except when she turns too obnoxious and vain. Or when she impersonates a voice that is not hers for the heck of it. Or when she publishes a whole book with that annoying voice. In all fairness, it’s a feminist book. It has the right attitude that a woman of Fanny’s profession would have in her defense and dignity. And this book, albeit pockmarked with historical and logical distractions (they were called “sea dogs” in those days, [...]


    22. A clever book, well researched about he period it portrays. Basically Fanny Hill with a feminist outlook, but almost certainly a more truthful portrayal than the other. The characters are fun and the heroine beguiling, or do I have to say Hero these days? Never quite noticed when the gender neutrality crept in, when actresses became actors etc and being a writer have never wanted to change that expression or separation! An old fashioned romp, almost erotic at times, but also brutally factual whe [...]


    23. Finished at last. This took me about four times longer than it usually takes me to read a book. I thought it would never end. Not that it's a challenging read, I just didn't want to pick it up. I'm sure it's an interesting exercise in writing a bawdy 18th Century novel but there are enough of those around already. Basically an erotic/ soft porn novel wrapped up as some kind of intellectual exercise.



    24. Wonderful. Explicit. Relevant. This book goes places that many books don't go, from dirty brothels to witches circles, Satanick cults, pyrate ships, gaols, and more. The psychological depth is raw, real, and relatable. Recommended.


    25. Diciottesimo secolo. Una donna sta scrivendo. È nella sua sfarzosa camera da letto. La sua identità è un mistero, così come la sua vita. La fama può diffonderne la grazia e magnificarne i lineamenti, eppure è penoso farne un ritratto che non ne esalti al contempo il carattere. Del resto, le voci al riguardo sono sempre state dubbie e le espressioni dei suoi peccati effimere. Aver sentito parlare, anche molto, di Fanny – quest’ultimo il nome per gli amici, Frances sui documenti più uff [...]


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