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Oroonoko, the Rover, and Other Works Paperback – Jan 1 1993
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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.
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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.
I'm satisfied, I guess, but a little disappointed.
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.