Oroonoko the Rover and Other Works by Aphra Behn
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Oroonoko the Rover and Other Works
By Aphra Behn

Oroonoko the Rover and Other Works

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Oroonoko the Rover and Other Works by Aphra Behn

Book Description

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140433388
ISBN-10: 0140433384
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 23mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Nov-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn (c. 1640-1689), born in Kent, England, claimed to have visited the British colony of Surinam, where Oroonoko is set. She wrote poetry, short stories, stage plays, and political propaganda for the Tory party, as well as her great amorous and political novel, Love Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister.

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