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Aphra Behn : a secret life

Author: Janet Todd
Publisher: London : Fentum Press [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Aphra Behn, a spy in the Netherlands and the Americas, was the first professional woman writer. The most prolific dramatist of her age, innovative novelist, translator, lyrical and erotic poet, she expresses a frank sexuality addressing impotence, orgasm and bisexuality, whilst serving as political propagandist for the monarch. This revised biography of the extraordinary, ground-breaking writer, who is emblematic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Aphra Behn; Aphra Behn; Aphra Behn
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Todd
ISBN: 9781909572065 1909572063
OCLC Number: 959265429
Notes: "An earlier version of this book, The Secret Life of Aphra Behn, was published in 1996 by André Deutsch Ltd/Rutgers University Press, and in 2000 by Rivers Oram/Pandora"--Title page verso.
Description: xxx, 586 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction to the 1996 version --
Beginnings in Kent --
Sir Thomas Colepeper and Lord Strangford --
Voyage to Surinam --
Colonial politics : Willoughby and Byam --
Surinam : African slaves and Native Americans --
Marriage and the Great Plague --
On the king's service --
To Antwerp --
Debts and disappointment --
In and out of prison --
Theatrical début : The Forc'd Marriage --
The Amorous Prince and Covent Garden Drolery --
The Dutch Lover and theatrical conflict --
John Hoyle and Abdelazer --
Poetry in a theatrical world --
The Rover and Thomaso --
Sir Patient Fancy and city Whigs --
The popish plot and The Feign'd Curtizans --
Deaths of the Earl of Rochester and Viscount Stafford --
The Second Part of the Rover and The Roundheads --
Free-thinking in politics and religion --
Love-Letters between a Nobleman and his Sister --
The great frost and Voyage to the Isle of Love --
Death of Charles II and coronation of James II --
Farewell to the theater : The Luckey Chance and The Emperor of the Moon --
Seneca Unmasqued and La Montre --
Part III of Love-Letters and court poetry --
A Discovery of New Worlds and poems for James II --
The Widdow Ranter and Oroonoko --
End of the Stuart dynasty and death of Aphra Behn --
Chronological list of Behn's works --
Bibliography of works written before 1800 --
Selected works published after 1800.
Responsibility: Janet Todd.

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An exploration of the life, work, and historical background of Aphra Behn: seventeenth-century dramatist, poet, novelist, political propagandist, bisexual and spy.  Read more...

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