The Rover

The Rover

by Aphra Behn, Frederick M. Link
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0803253508

ISBN-13: 9780803253506

Pub. Date: 03/01/1967

Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback

"I’m no tame sigher, but a rampant lion of the forest," says Willmore, the Rover, on shore after a long voyage. "I have a world of love in store," he claims, searching through the streets for a woman to prove it. When he meets two young Spanish woman—"I love mischief," says one—all the chemistry of comic satire lets loose.

The Rover

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"I’m no tame sigher, but a rampant lion of the forest," says Willmore, the Rover, on shore after a long voyage. "I have a world of love in store," he claims, searching through the streets for a woman to prove it. When he meets two young Spanish woman—"I love mischief," says one—all the chemistry of comic satire lets loose.

The Rover roamed the English stage for a century and has been rediscovered in our own time as a theatrical masterpiece of wit and daring. Aphra Behn (1640–1689) combined dramatic genius and training with personal experience that gave her rare insight into manners and roles. She spied on the Dutch for the English king and was once imprisoned for debt. Behn is one of the very few great English playwrights to be honored in life by popular scandal and in death by burial at Westminster Abbey. She was the first English woman to earn her living by writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803253506
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date:
03/01/1967
Series:
Regents Restoration Drama Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,344,858
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.32(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Note to the Second Edition
Introduction

Aphra Behn’s Life and Career
Sources of The Rover
The Rover: Critical Issues
Stage History
Notes
Selected Bibliography
A Note on the Text

The Rover

Prologue
The Actors’ Names
Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Epilogue
Post-Script

Textual Notes

Appendix A: Behn on her Work

  1. From the “Epistle Dedicatory” to the Second Part of The Rover
  2. From “A Pastoral to Mr. Stafford…”

Appendix B: From Early Accounts of Behn’s Life

  1. From Female Forms of Several Occasions. Written by Ephelia
  2. From Gerard Langbaine, An Account of the English Dramatick Poets
  3. From “The History of the Life and Memoirs of Mrs. Behn”
  4. From The Poetical Register
  5. From A General Dictionary, Historical and Critical

Appendix C: Adaptation

  1. Excerpt from J.P. Kemble’s adaptation of The Rover, Love in Many Masks

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