9780140433388

Oroonoko, the Rover and Other Works

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  • ISBN13:

    9780140433388

  • ISBN10:

    0140433384

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1993-01-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

Aphra Behn's short novel Oroonokotells the story of a noble African prince who is betrayed and sold into slavery. Using the author's own experiences in Surinam, it depicts the tragedy of a man born to command brought to a position of abject powerlessness. Behn's bawdy Restoration drama The Rovercentres on the dissolute Cavalier Willmore, a follower of the exiled Charles II, and the attempts of two spirited women - Angellica Bianca, a courtesan, and Hellena, the cross-dressing virgin - to woo him. The other works collected here include poems, letter, prose and the play the The Widow Ranter,the first drama to be set in the American colonies. Together they demonstrate the versatility and sophistication of one of the most innovative and wide-ranging authors of the seventeenth century. In her introduction, Janet Todd explores the social changes that have influenced Aphra Behn's reputation over the centuries. This edition also contains notes on all the texts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Introduction 1(22)
Selected Bibliography of Secondary Works 23(2)
Note on the Text 25(2)
PROSE
The Fair Jilt
27(46)
Oroonoko
73(70)
Love-Letters to a Gentleman
143(12)
PLAYS
The Rover
155(94)
The Widow Ranter
249(80)
POEMS
Love Armed
329(1)
Epilogue to Sir Patient Fancy
329(2)
The Disappointment
331(4)
To Mr Creech (under the Name of Daphnis) on his Excellent Translation of Lucretius
335(4)
A Letter to Mr Creech at Oxford, Written in the last great Frost
339(3)
Song: On her Loving Two Equally
342(1)
To the fair Clarinda, who made Love to me, Imagined more than Woman
343(1)
On Desire: a Pindaric
344(3)
A Pindaric Poem to the Reverend Doctor Burnet
347(4)
Notes 351

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