Oroonoko by Aphra BehnOroonoko by Aphra Behn


byAphra Behn

Paperback | February 1, 1997

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The editor supplies explanatory annotations and textual notes. "Historical Backgrounds" is an especially rich collection of seventeenth-and eighteenth-century documents about colonizers and slaves in the new world. Topically arranged-"Montaigne on America," "The Settling of Surinam," "Observers of Slavery, 1654 1712," "After Oroonoko Noble Africans in Europe," and "Opinions on Slavery"-these selections create a revealing context for Behn s unusual story. Illustrations and maps are also included. "Criticism" begins with an overview of responses to Behn and Oroonoko, from learned and popular writers of her time to Sir Walter Scott and Virginia Woolf, among others. Current critical interpretations are by William C. Spengemann, Jane Spencer, Robert L. Chibka, Laura Brown, Charlotte Sussman, and Mary Beth Rose. A Chronology of Behn s life and a Selected Bibliography are included.
Aphra Behn is often considered the first Englishwoman to support herself as a writer. She was unquestionably the leading woman playwright of the Restoration period. Behn is also notable for her poetry and fiction. While still in her twenties, she traveled with her family to Surinam, in South America, where she witnessed a slave insurre...
Title:OroonokoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.34 × 5.18 × 0.73 inPublished:February 1, 1997Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393970140

ISBN - 13:9780393970142


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fantastic for its time, but dull in a contemporary context This book, for the time it was written, is bold and brave and an unapologetic condemnation of slavery. In a contemporary context, it's rather dull. The writing is concise, making it a great, quick read for those crazy people who participate in reading challenges (I am one of these people) or for a class assignment. But that same conciseness means that the writing is overly direct without any embellishment for the sake of maintaining the reader's interest.
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