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Oroonoko the Rover and Other Works : Penguin Classics - Aphra Behn

Oroonoko the Rover and Other Works

Penguin Classics

By: Aphra Behn, Janet Todd (Editor, Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1993
ISBN: 9780140433388
Number Of Pages: 400
For Ages: 18+ years old

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"We are bought and sold like apes or monkeys, to be the sport of women, fools, and cowards, and the support of rogues"

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 (1688) reflects the author’s romantic view of Native Americans as simple, superior peoples ‘in the first state of innocence, before men knew how to sin’. The novel also reveals Behn’s ambiguous attitude to African slavery – while she favoured it as a means to strengthen England’s power, her powerful and moving work conveys its injustice and brutality.

This new edition of Oroonoko is based on the first printed edition of 1688, and includes a chronology, bibliography and notes. In her introduction, Janet Todd examines Aphra Behn’s views of slavery, colonization and politics, and her position as a professional woman writer in the Restoration.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Introductionp. 1
Selected Bibliography of Secondary Worksp. 23
Note on the Textp. 25
The Fair Jiltp. 27
Oroonokop. 73
Love-Letters to a Gentlemanp. 143
The Roverp. 155
The Widow Ranterp. 249
Love Armedp. 329
Epilogue to Sir Patient Fancyp. 329
The Disappointmentp. 331
To Mr Creech (under the Name of Daphnis) on his Excellent Translation of Lucretiusp. 335
A Letter to Mr Creech at Oxford, Written in the last great Frostp. 339
Song: On her Loving Two Equallyp. 342
To the fair Clarinda, who made Love to me, imagined more than Womanp. 343
On Desire: a Pindaricp. 344
A Pindaric Poem to the Reverend Doctor Burnetp. 347
Notesp. 351
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ISBN: 9780140433388
ISBN-10: 0140433384
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st January 1993
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 19.6
Edition Number: 1

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