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Penguin Classics Oroonoko The Rover And Other Works [Paperback]

Aphra Behn , Janet Todd

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Feb. 1 1993 0140433384 978-0140433388 Reprint
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.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Kindle Edition Feb. 5 2012
By A. Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I downloaded the ebook version of this text for a literature exam. I have previously read some of Behn's works, and this is a great little collection. There were one or two typos, but those were minor and no more than what you find even in print editions of books (sadly). The ebook is clean, easy to navigate, and overall a good piece of work.

As far as the book itself goes: This text contains Behn's two proto-novels (Oroonoko and The Fair Jilt), some of her love letters, a small collection of poems--some of which come from her plays--and the plays The Rover and The Widow Ranter. The selected works are different enough that readers are bound to like at least one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A woman poet? Perish the thought! April 28 2013
By Mcb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Yes, the title is tongue and cheek. But in her time, Aphra Behn faced the ridicule and disdain of the public because she, a woman dared make her living writing.
The prose and plays are lively and witty and sexy. Th poetry a tad more ponderous--except when she writes of such taboo subjects as premature ejaculation, when her wicked wit takes over.
Unjustly neglected, our Aphra.
3.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't as huge of a fan of The Rover ... Aug. 23 2014
By Kristen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I wasn't as huge of a fan of The Rover, but I appreciate the story for what it is and what it does. It's very important to read it.

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