Oroonoko, the Rover and Other Works, Paperback Book

Oroonoko, the Rover and Other Works Paperback

Edited by Janet Todd

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When Prince Oroonoko's passion for the virtuous Imoinda arouses the jealousy of his grandfather, the lovers are cast into slavery and transported from Africa to the colony of Surinam. Oroonoko's noble bearing soon wins the respect of his English captors, but his struggle for freedom brings about his destruction.

Inspired by Aphra Behn's visit to Surinam, Oroonoko (1688) reflects the author's romantic view of Native Americans as simple, superior peoples `in the first state of innocence, before men knew how to sin'.

The novel also reveals Behn's ambiguous attitude to African slavery - while she favoured it as a means to strengthen England's power, her powerful and moving work conveys its injustice and brutality.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9780140433388

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The Rover is my favorite play of all time and is included in this volume.

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Of this book, I've only read the novella "Oroonoko", at least for now, for my "Addressing the Past" lectures. It was mentioned on my "Introduction to the Novel" course as one of the first real English novels, so I was pretty interested to try reading it anyway. I'd never heard of Aphra Behn before, but I was intrigued to find out that so early a novelist was a woman.<br/><br/>The story of Oroonoko is quite interesting in itself, but given what course I'm reading it for, I find it interesting to wonder how much of it might be based on fact. It's surprisingly easy to read, for so early a text, and not all that long. Worth a read, if you're interested in early fiction and colonial fiction.

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