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THE FAIR JILT.
The Story of Prince Henrick.
AGNES DE CASTRO.
THE LUCKY MISTAKE.
TO GEORGE GREENVIEL, ESQ;
THE WANDERING BEAUTY.
THE WANDERING BEAUTY.
THE UNHAPPY MISTAKE, and c.
Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko has been hailed as one of the first great English novels and remains a classic of historical fiction. It was adapted for the stage in the play Oroonoko: A Tragedy, which debuted in 1695 and went on to become a massive success.
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Enormously popular through the eighteenth century, The Rover is now once again widely performed. Filled with the play of ideas, it is one of the most amusing, entertaining—and unsettling—of comedies.
Author and playwright Aphra Behn created a clearly male-centric world in The Rover, but does not dismiss the power of her female characters, who are willing to go to extreme measures to fulfill their desires. The Rover was written for profit at a time when Behn had lost her source of income, but became one of the most popular plays of the Restoration era, and it is still studied and widely performed in modern times.
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It is hoped that this new issue of Mrs. Behn may prove adequate. Any difficulties in the editing have been more than amply compensated for by the interest shown by many friends. Foremost, my best thanks are due to Mr. Bullen, whose life-long experience of the minuti¾ of editing our best dramatic literature, has been ungrudgingly at my service throughout, to the no small advantage of myself and my work. Mr. Edmund Gosse, C.B., has shown the liveliest interest in the book from its inception, and I owe him most grateful recognition for his kindly encouragement and aid. Nay, more, he did not spare to lend me treasured items from his library so rich in first, and boasting unique, editions of Mrs. Behn. Mr. G. Thorn Drury, K.C., never wearied of answering my enquiries, and in discussion solved many a knotty point. To him I am obliged for the transcript of Mrs. Behn's letter to Waller's daughter-in-law, and also the Satire on Dryden. He even gave of his valuable time to read through the Memoir and from the superabundance of his knowledge made suggestions of the first importance. The unsurpassed library of Mr. T. J. Wise, the well-known bibliographer, was freely at my disposal. In other cases where I have received any assistance in clearing a difficulty I have made my acknowledgement in the note itself.
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Behn’s life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* All 16 plays, with individual contents tables
* Includes Behn’s pioneering novels
* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the Restoration texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Includes Behn’s poetry - spend hours exploring the author’s diverse works
* Features two biographies - discover Behn’s literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
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THE FORC’D MARRIAGE
THE AMOROUS PRINCE
THE DUTCH LOVER
THE TOWN FOP
THE ROVER, PART 1 AND PART 2
SIR PATIENT FANCY
THE FEIGNED COURTESANS
THE YOUNG KING
THE FALSE COUNT
THE CITY HEIRESS
THE LUCKY CHANCE
THE WIDOW RANTER
THE YOUNGER BROTHER
THE EMPEROR OF THE MOON
THE FAIR JILT
AGNES DE CASTRO
LOVE-LETTERS BETWEEN A NOBLEMAN AND HIS SISTER
MISCELLANEOUS FICTIONAL WORKS
THE POETRY OF APHRA BEHN
MEMOIR OF MRS. BEHN by Montague Summers
AFRA BEHN by Edmund Gosse
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The play is widely taught on A Level courses as well as on undergraduate literature and women's writing courses. This new edition contains a completely new introduction, and takes into account important criticism from the past decade, as well as a new understanding of the nature of theatre in Behn's time, and the significance of her contribution to English drama.