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Book Title: Oroonoko, The Rover and Other Works|
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The size of the: 750 KB
v The author of the book: Aphra Behn
Edition: Penguin Books Ltd
Date of issue: 2009
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Read full description of the books Oroonoko, The Rover and Other Works:'All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds' - Virginia Woolf in A Room of One's Own.
By the time of her death in 1689, the poet, playwright, novelist and politial satirist Aphra Behn had become the first truly professional woman writer in English. Famous for her frank eroticism, enjoyed as much for her 'female sweetness' as for her 'manly grace' she was 'sole Empress of the Land of Wit' - yet two centureis of female modesty were to pass before she could again come into her own.
Read information about the authorAphra Behn was a prolific dramatist of the English Restoration and was one of the first English professional female writers. Her writing contributed to the amatory fiction genre of British literature. Along with Delarivier Manley and Eliza Haywood, she is sometimes referred to as part of "The fair triumvirate of wit."
In author Virginia Woolf's reckoning, Behn's total career is more important than any particular work it produced. Woolf wrote, "All women together, ought to let flowers fall upon the grave of Aphra Behn... for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds." Vita Sackville-West called Behn 'an inhabitant of Grub Street with the best of them, ... a phenomenon never seen and ... furiously resented.' She was, as Felix Shelling said, 'a very gifted woman, compelled to write for bread in an age in which literature ... catered habitually to the lowest and most depraved of human inclinations. Her success depended upon her ability to write like a man.' ... She was, as Edmund Gosse remarked, 'the George Sand of the Restoration,' and she lived the Bohemian life in London in the seventeenth century as George Sand lived it in Paris in the nineteenth.
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