Oroonoko, the Rover, and Other Works

Oroonoko, the Rover, and Other Works (Paperback)

By Aphra Behn , Janet Todd 
Publisher: Penguin Books
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 0140433384
EAN: 9780140433388
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 400
Publish Date: 1993-01-01
Binding: Paperback
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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 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators.

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Title: Oroonoko, the Rover, and Other Works
Publisher: Penguin Books
Author: Aphra Behn , Janet Todd
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 0140433384
EAN: 9780140433388
No. of Units: 1
No. of Pages: 400
Publish Date: 1993-01-01
Binding: Paperback

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