Oroonoko, the Rover and Other Works (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 11 Aug 1999
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About the Author
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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In 'the Widow Ranter' (also included here) she wrote the first play ever to be set in North America.
She also wrote much else including some more standard Restoration period tales, poems and plays probably suited to their time but for many modern readers less exciting.
Popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, her work referred too frankly to sex for the nineteenth century and fell into obscurity (although those looking for titillation or pornography would do better elsewhere!). In recent times, with changing mores, as well as a feminist interest in early women writers, Aphra Benn came back into fashion in literature courses, although she is still little known to the general public.
But surely more important than any of that, for most readers, is how enjoyable her work is to read! On that basis, I can only give this collection 3 Stars overall but 5 Stars to Oroonoko (read it if you can in some form even if you do not buy this collection).
Oroonoko is the story of a African Prince, a tragic hero, taken across the sea to be a lowly plantation slave in Surinam in South America, then briefly an English colony (although later captured by the Dutch). There, Oronooko leads an attempted mass escape of slaves, until doomed by the odds against him and his followers' failure of courage.Read more ›
I would recommend this edition and book to anyone.