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Oroonoko, the Rover, and Other Works (Penguin Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

‘We are bought and sold like apes or monkeys, to be the sport of women, fools, and cowards, and the support of rogues’

When Prince Oroonoko’s passion for the virtuous Imoinda arouses the jealousy of his grandfather, the lovers are cast into slavery and transported from Africa to the colony of Surinam. Oroonoko’s noble bearing soon wins the respect of his English captors, but his struggle for freedom brings about his destruction. Inspired by Aphra Behn’s visit to Surinam, Oroonoko (1688) reflects the author’s romantic view of Native Americans as simple, superior peoples ‘in the first state of innocence, before men knew how to sin’. The novel also reveals Behn’s ambiguous attitude to African slavery – while she favoured it as a means to strengthen England’s power, her powerful and moving work conveys its injustice and brutality.

This new edition of Oroonoko is based on the first printed edition of 1688, and includes a chronology, bibliography and notes. In her introduction, Janet Todd examines Aphra Behn’s views of slavery, colonization and politics, and her position as a professional woman writer in the Restoration.

Synopsis:

A comprehensive collection of Aphra Behn's writings. It contains two plays - "The Rover" and "The Widow Ranter", two short novels, "The Fair Jilt" and "Oroonoko" and a selection of poetry including "Love Arm'd" and "The Disappointment".

About the Author

Aphra Behn (c. 1640–1689), born in Kent, England, claimed to have visited the British colony of Surinam, where Oroonoko is set. She wrote poetry, short stories, stage plays, and political propaganda for the Tory party, as well as her great amorous and political novel, Love Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister.

Janet Todd is Francis Hutcheson Professor of English Literature at the University of Glasgow and an honorary fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140433388
Editor:
Todd, Janet
Author:
Todd, Janet
Author:
Behn, Aphra
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London, England ;
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
Caribbean area
Subject:
Slaves
Subject:
Princes
Subject:
Slave-trade
Subject:
Suriname
Subject:
Slaves -- Surinam -- Fiction.
Subject:
Caribbean Area Fiction.
Subject:
Slave trade -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
Band 1
Publication Date:
19930131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.81x5.11x.95 in. .66 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 400 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140433388 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A comprehensive collection of Aphra Behn's writings. It contains two plays - "The Rover" and "The Widow Ranter", two short novels, "The Fair Jilt" and "Oroonoko" and a selection of poetry including "Love Arm'd" and "The Disappointment".
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