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Oroonoko and Other Writings

Aphra Behn
Edited with an introduction and notes by Paul Salzman

February 2009

ISBN: 9780199538768

320 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

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Aphra Behn (1640-89) achieved both fame and notoriety in her own time, enjoying considerable success for her plays and for her short novel Oroonoko, the story of a noble slave who loves a princess. Acclaimed by Virginia Woolf as the first English woman to earn her living by the pen, Behn's achievements as a writer are now acknowledged less equivocally than in the seventeenth century.

As well as Oroonoko, this volume contains five other works of fiction ranging from comedy and high melodrama to tragedy. The Fair Jilt, Memoirs of the Court of the King of Bantam, The History of the Nun, The Adventure of the Black Lady, and The Unfortunate Bride are complemented by a generous selection of her poetry, ranging from public political verse to lyrics and witty conversation poems. This selection demonstrates Behn's range, as well as her wit, compassion, and interest in the question of identity and self-representation.

About the Author(s)

Aphra Behn

Edited with an introduction and notes by Paul Salzman, Senior Lecturer, La Trobe University, Australia

Reviews

'One could simply enjoy the collection as well-written Restoration diversions rather than as significant tracts.' Wendy Rowland, Literary Review -

'Behn knew the West Indies and describes it as a sumptuous natural paradise. it is a gripping story of honour and dishonour, One could simply enjoy the collection as well-written Restoration diversions rather than a significant tract.' Literary Review. Aug '94 -