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Oroonoko: or, The Royal Slave
X. J. Kennedy
0312108133
August 1999
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
This edition of Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko features a generous selection of thematically organized historical materials including explorers’ descriptions of the “new world” of the Caribbean; planters’ accounts of the sugar colonies; firsthand accounts of the slave trade from Dutch and English traders and abducted Africans; and early abolitionist publications by Europeans and former slaves. Excerpts from works by Ben Jonson, John Dryden, Richard Steele, and Daniel Defoe enrich students’ understanding of the literary contexts for Behn’s portrayal of “blackness” in Oroonoko.


Oroonoko, The Rover and Other Works
Aphra Behn
0140433384
January 1993
Paperback
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From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Sonja Larsen
Aphra Behn, considered the first professional female writer in English, produced literature in a variety of genres during the middle of the seventeenth century. Her work combines themes of passion, intrigue, and honor, and her prose is romantic in the classic sense. Oroonoko, The Rover and Other Works are as enlightening as they are entertaining, a mixture of reportage and high adventure. In "The Fair Jilt," the beautiful and treacherous Miranda is chaperoned in a convent while deciding which of her many suitors she will have. When denied her first choice, she is quick to exact her revenge. "Oroonoko" is the tale of a young African prince who is tricked into slavery and brought to Surinam. When he meets up again with the lover he believed was dead, he is doubly determined to...


Oroonoko
Aphra Behn
0140439889
June 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
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 reflects the author’s romantic views of native peoples as being in "the first state of innocence, before man knew how to sin." The novel also reveals Behn’s ambiguous attitude toward slavery: while she favored 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's Oroonoko, the story of...


Aphra Behn Studies
Janet Todd (Editor)
0521471699
March 1996
Hardcover
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Review
"This collection clearly conveys the centrality of Behn's gender as well as to the history of her reception, which is outlined by Todd in her introduction. Behn enters the canon emphatically as a woman. Todd's timely collection, embracing a variety of approaches and covering all aspects of Behn's literary output, makes an important contribution to this process." Albion

"This collection is powerful evidence of the impact of the women's movement and the maturity of feminist scholarship." Modern Philology

Book Description
Aphra Behn was England's first professional woman writer, but her status as a major author has only recently become clear. Between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries Behn was denigrated for her "unwomanly" subject matter and intellectual immodesty. In the...



The Rover and Other Plays
Aphra Behn
0192834517
May 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Aphra Behn (1640-89) was both successful and controversial in her own lifetime; her achievements are now recognized less equivocally and her plays, often revived, demonstrate wit, compassion and remarkable range. This edition brings together her most important comedies in a single volume: The
Rover, her best-known play; The Feigned Courtesans, a lively comedy of intrigue; The Lucky Chance, a comedy with a bitter edge, which takes a satirical look at marriage customs; and the dazzling and popular farce, The Emperor of the Moon. All the plays have been newly edited and are presented with
modernized spelling and punctuation.


Oroonoko, and Other Writings
Aphra Behn
0192834606
Nov 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
The most complete collection of the work of Aphra Behn (1640-89) available, this volume contains Oroonoko and five other works of fiction ranging from comedy and high melodrama to tragedy. The works included--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 from public political verse to lyrics and witty conversation poems.


Aphra Behn: the Comedies
Kate Aughterson
0333963199
September 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Aphra Behn: The Comedies provides students with an approachable and fascinating analysis of Behn's dramaturgical abilities, showing particularly how she uses comic and dramatic conventions to radical ends. Kate Aughterson shows how the playwright forces her audience to engage with issues about gender and sexuality, whilst continuing to write witty and accessible plays.


Aphra Behn: the Comedies
Kate Aughterson
0333963210
September 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Aphra Behn: The Comedies provides students with an approachable and fascinating analysis of Behn's dramaturgical abilities, showing particularly how she uses comic and dramatic conventions to radical ends. Kate Aughterson shows how the playwright forces her audience to engage with issues about gender and sexuality, whilst continuing to write witty and accessible plays.


The Theatre of Aphra Behn
Derek Hughes
0333760301
May 2001
Hardcover
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Choice
Riches on nearly every page...

Review
..riches on nearly every page... Choice


Nell Gwyn: Mistress to a King
Charles Beauclark
087113926X
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
British historian Beauclerk, a descendant of King Charles II and his longtime mistress Nell Gwyn (1650–1687), draws on earlier biographies, contemporary satires and plays, noted diarist Samuel Pepys and family archives to present a lively portrait of his famous forebears, along with an account of the theater of the time and the surprisingly parallel worlds of prostitutes and royal mistresses. Along the way, he renders an awfully generous reading of the royal cause and argues that Charles led the Restoration out of joie de vivre as much as for the sake of the monarchy. Beauclerk posits that the king's amorous adventures—particularly with women of lower classes—endeared him to his people after dismal years of Puritan restrictions. Nell's rise was meteoric: selling refreshments in London theaters,...


Admired and Understood: The Poetry of Aphra Behn
M. L. Stapleton
0874138493
March 2004
Hardcover
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Aphra Behn's Afterlife
Jane Spencer
0198184948
January 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
Aphra Behn, now becoming recognized as a major Restoration figure, is especially significant as an early example of a successful professional woman writer. This book analyses her reception as a poet, a novelist, and a dramatist, demonstrating her far-reaching influence on eighteenth-century
literature and on the formation of the English literary canon.


Aphra Behn: An Annotated Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources
Mary Ann O'Donnell
0754600998
June 2004
Hardcover
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Oroonoko
Aphra Behn
0393312054
June 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
An influential seventeenth-century fable, by a pathbreaking woman writer, about the fall of a black prince. The first woman in England to make her living by writing, Aphra Behn (1640-1689) combines memoir, exotic travel narrative, and romance to tell the story of the noble Oroonoko, a black man who begins life as a prince and ends it as a slave. The tale depicts the overthrow of a hero by a civilization that considers itself superior to him. Taken up by reformers in the long battle against the slave trade, reprinted and imitated countless times, Oroonoko remains a popular tale that introduces powerful themes onto the literary stage.

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And turning to the men that had bound him, he said, "My friends, am I to die, or to be whipped?" And they cried, "Whipped!...


Rover
William Congreve
0393900762
Aug 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
New Mermaids are modernized and fully-annotated editions of classic English plays. Each volume includes:• The playtext, in modern spelling, edited to the highest bibliographical and textual standards• Textual notes recording significant changes to the copytext and variant readings• Glossing notes explaining obscure words and word-play• Critical, contextual and staging notes• Photographs of productions where applicable• A full introduction which provides a critical account of the play, the staging conventions of the time and recent stage history; discusses authorship, date, sources and the text; and gives guidance for further reading.Edited and updated by leading scholars and printed in a clear, easy-to-use format, New Mermaids offer invaluable guidance for actor, student, and theatre-goer...


Cambridge Companion to Aphra Behn
Derek Hughes (Editor)
0521527201
November 2004
Paperback
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Review
'Taken as a group, the essays here assembled make for one of the best volumes to emanate from the excellent Cambridge Companions to Literature series.' Choice
'... illuminating ... These essays present Aphra Benn's artistic choices as determined by genre, political contingency and an acute sensitivity to theatrical success, as much as by proto-feminism.' Times Literary Supplement

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"Taken as a group, the essays here assembled make for one of the best volumes to emanate from the excellent Cambridge Companions to Literature series." Choice

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