The Secret Life of Aphra Behn

The Secret Life of Aphra Behn

by Janet Todd
     
 

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All women together ought to let flowers upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, for it was she who earned for them the right to speak their mind, " wrote Virginia Woolf. Consider Janet Todd's history a bouquet heaped upon that grave.

Aphra Behn (1640?- 1689), poet, playwright; novelist, traveller, and spy, was the first woman to earn her living as a writer. Myths held her to

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All women together ought to let flowers upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, for it was she who earned for them the right to speak their mind, " wrote Virginia Woolf. Consider Janet Todd's history a bouquet heaped upon that grave.

Aphra Behn (1640?- 1689), poet, playwright; novelist, traveller, and spy, was the first woman to earn her living as a writer. Myths held her to be the illegitimate daughter of Lady Mary Wroth or an American courtesan. Janet Todd's definitive literary biography, using recently discovered documents in England and The Netherlands, firmly establishes Behn as a English-woman of humble beginnings who transformed herself into one of most prominent Restoration playwrights.

Behn's works, of which Oroonoko and The Rover remain the most well known, are openly erotic, with much political critique and an understanding of the complexities of race. Behn's daring writing and relationships with Nell Gwyn, the Stuart kings, and the Duchess of Mazarine made her a byword for sexual licence.

The Secret Life of Aphra Behn, a history of the Restoration and valuable critical analysis of the literature, reveals a free-thinking writer whose work is as radical and relevant for modern times as it was contentious and revolutionary in her own.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780863584169
Publisher:
Pandora Press
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.67(d)

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