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- DescriptionRestoration-era poet, playwright and velist Aphra Behn was the first truly professional woman writer in English, and Orooko is her sophisticated and insightful condemnation of slavery. This Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction by Janet Todd. When Prince Orooko'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. Orooko's ble 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, Orooko reflects the author's romantic view of native peoples as ble savages in 'the first state of incence, before man knew how to sin'. The vel also reveals Behn's ambiguous attitude to African slavery - while she favoured it as a means to strengthen England's rule, her powerful and moving work conveys its injustice and brutality. This new edition of Orooko is based on the first printed version of 1688, and includes a chrology, further reading and tes. 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. Little is kwn of Aphra Behn's (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 Orooko, you might like Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders, also available in Penguin Classics.
- Author BiographyLittle is known of Aphra Behn's 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 Behn's biographer.
- Author(s)Aphra Behn
- PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
- Date of Publication30/10/2003
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPenguin Classics
- Weight112 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine8 mm
- Edited byJanet Todd
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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