Cleland, John

Born: Sep 24, 1709 AD
Died: 1789 AD, at 79 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Authors

1709 - Born in Kingston on the 24th of September.

1721 - John Cleland entered Westminster School.

1723 - He left or was expelled.

1728-1740 - He began as a soldier and worked his way up into the civil service of the company and lived in Bombay.

1748 - Cleland was arrested for an £840 debt (equivalent to a purchasing power of about £100,000 and put in Fleet Prison, where he remained for over a year.

1749 - Cleland was arrested, along with the publishers and printer of Fanny Hill.

1750 - In March, Cleland produced a highly bowdlerized version of the book, but it, too, was prosecuted.

1751 - He attempted two more novels, Memoirs of a Coxcomb, which contains a parody of Mary Wortley Montagu as "Lady Bell Travers" that was much discussed.

1753 - His only popular work after Fanny Hill was an adaptation of a French original for Dictionary of Love.

1755 - He attempted a tragedy, Titus Vespasian.

         - The Ladies Subscription.

1758 - Tombo-Chiqui, or, The American Savage.

1763 - He publicly denounced his mother before her death in for not supporting him.

1764 - The Surprises of Love.

1768 - The Woman of Honour.

1749-1787 - Contributed thirty reviews for the Monthy Review and over two hundred letters for the Public Advertiser.

         - He told Boswell that he had written Fanny Hill while in Bombay.

1789 - Died on the 23rd of January and was buried in St. Margaret's churchyard in London.

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