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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (Jan. 1 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140433384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140433388
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d2530c0) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0x9cf63de0) 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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HASH(0x9cf66048) out of 5 stars highly recommended Feb. 21 2015
By d m murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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Very readable version! The plays thrive with vitality and the prose resonate with life
HASH(0x9cf6600c) out of 5 stars Spy novel at its best May 27 2016
By LeeRoy Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
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Want to read a book about how to avoid rape and find your love? Want to read it from an international spy? But this book and win the best of both worlds right here! Changed my life forever.
HASH(0x9cf66300) out of 5 stars I'm satisfied, I guess May 21 2016
By J. K. Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
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I had ordered the book with several Aphra Behn plays in it. The book that arrived was only The Rover.
I'm satisfied, I guess, but a little disappointed.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf667f8) out of 5 stars A woman poet? Perish the thought! April 28 2013
By Mcbruce56 - 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.