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Aphra Behn : A Secret Life - Reprint by Janet Todd (Paperback)

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The life, work and history of Aphra Behn: seventeenth ­century dramatist, poet of the erotic and bisexual, novelist, political propagandist, spy.

Praise for the first hardback edition:

“Fascinating scholarship. Todd conveys Behn's vivacious character and the mores of the time.” —the New York Times

“Ground-breaking—it reads quickly and lightly. Even Todd’s throwaway lines are steeped in learning and observation.” —Ruth Perry, MIT, Women’s Review of Books

“A major biography; of interest to everyone who cares about women as writers.” —Times Higher Education Supplement

“Fascinating, a page-turner and a delight, an astonishingly thorough book.” —Emma Donoghue

“All women together ought to let flowers fall on the tomb of Aphra Behn. . . . For it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.” —Virginia Woolf

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 of the Restoration period, a time of masks and self-fashioning, is set in conflict-ridden England, Europe, and in the mismanaged slave colonies, following the Puritan republic in 1660.

Janet Todd, novelist and internationally renowned scholar, was President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and a Professor at Rutgers, NJ. An expert on women’s writing and feminism, she has published on many writers, including Jane Austen, the Shelley Circle, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Aphra Behn.

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 586
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Drama
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
Author: Janet Todd
Language: English
Street Date: June 27, 2017
TCIN: 52502323
UPC: 9781909572065
Item Number (DPCI): 248-46-4073
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