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Oroonoko: or, The Royal Slave (Paperback)

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By Aphra Behn, Lore Metzger (Introduction by)
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Description


An influential seventeenth-century fable, by a pathbreaking woman writer, about the fall of a black prince.


The first woman in England to make her living by writing, Aphra Behn (1640-1689) combines memoir, exotic travel narrative, and romance to tell the story of the noble Oroonoko, a black man who begins life as a prince and ends it as a slave. The tale depicts the overthrow of a hero by a civilization that considers itself superior to him.



Taken up by reformers in the long battle against the slave trade, reprinted and imitated countless times, Oroonoko remains a popular tale that introduces powerful themes onto the literary stage.

About the Author


Aphra Behn flourished in the cosmopolitan world of the London playhouse and the court. It was she, Virginia Woolf wrote, "who earned [women] the right to speak their minds."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393312058
ISBN-10: 0393312054
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 17th, 1997
Pages: 96
Language: English