Oroonoko and Other Writings

Paperback | March 26, 2009

byAphra BehnEditorPaul Salzman

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..'I value fame almost as much as if I had been born a hero'. (Preface to The Lucky Chance).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'sachievements 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 generousselection of her poetyr, 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.

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..'I value fame almost as much as if I had been born a hero'. (Preface to The Lucky Chance).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 Engli...

Paul Salzman is Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University in Australia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.59 inPublished:March 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019953876X

ISBN - 13:9780199538768

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Table of Contents

IntroductionA Note on the TextsSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Aphra Behn's Life and WorksPart One: ProsePart Two: PoetryExplanatory NotesIndex to Poetry: First Lines and Titles

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"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 20/2/95