This essay envisages what a new scholarly edition of John Cleland’s notorious novel, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1748 – 49), might provide. Drawing on digital resources such as ECCO, it could readily refer to the full range of Cleland’s numerous publications, and taking advantage of a concordance to the novel published in 1988, it could explore Cleland’s remarkably inventive use of metaphors and similes. It could also draw on his collected correspondence, of which a new edition is forthcoming. In addition, such an edition would give full attention to the novel’s murky and protracted publication history.
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Peter Sabor; Editing Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure: New Directions. Eighteenth-Century Life 1 April 2019; 43 (2): 8–14. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00982601-7492843
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