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Oronooko : The Royal Slave
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Oronooko : The Royal Slave

Aphra Behn Janet Todd

Published by Penguin Classics | Language - English | Binding - Paper Back

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About the Book: Oroonoko

Restoration-era poet, playwright and novelist Aphra Behn was the first truly professional woman writer in English, and Oroonoko is her sophisticated and insightful condemnation of slavery. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction by Janet Todd. When Prince Oroonokos 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. Oroonokos noble bearing soon wins the respect of his English captors, but his struggle for freedom brings about his destruction. Inspired by Aphra Behns visit to Surinam, Oroonoko reflects the authors romantic view of native peoples as noble savages in the first state of innocence, before man knew how to sin. The novel also reveals Behns ambiguous attitude to African slavery-while she favoured it as a means to strengthen Englands rule, her powerful and moving work conveys its injustice and brutality. This new edition of Oroonoko is based on the first printed version of 1688, and includes a chronology, further reading and notes. In her introduction, Janet Todd examines Aphra Behns views of slavery, colonization and politics, and her position as a professional woman writer in the Restoration. Little is known of Aphra Behns (1640-1689) early life. She was probably born in Kent, and in the early 1660s claims to have visited the British colony of Surinam. She turned to literature for a living, producing numerous short stories, 19 stage plays and political propaganda for the Tories. If you enjoyed Oroonoko, you might like Daniel Defoes Moll Flanders, also available in Penguin Classics.

About the Author: Aphra Behn

Little is known of Aphra Behns early life. She was probably born around 1640 in Kent and in the early 1660s claims to have visited the British colony of Surinam. She turned to literature for a living, producing numerous short stories, 19 stage plays and political propaganda for the Tories. Janet Todd is Francis Hutcheson Professor of English Literature, University of Glasgow and Aphra Behns biographer.

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Book: Oronooko : The Royal Slave
Author: , ,
ISBN-13: 9780140439885
Product Code EBK0460673
Binding: Paper Back
Publishing Date: 2004-05-25
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Number of Pages: 144
Language: English

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