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Aphra Behn was a prolific Restoration - era playwright and one of England's first professional women writers. In 1663, she visited a Venezuelan sugar colony and met a slave trader, and what she saw there formed the basis for what is now her most famous work Oroonoko. Behn was a Catholic supporter and a Tory, a bisexual and a political spy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar (September 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426429320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426429323
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,158,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mimy Mac on May 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
Aphra Behn's Love Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister reveals the progress of the consciousness of the once innocent and naive Sylvia, who, after being seduced into an affair with her brother-in-law, Philander, learns of her own sexuality and desires.
Behn's novel is not only an exploration of the sexual politics of the socety in which she lived in, but also, an examination of the notions of gender and identity. The exchange of love letters between Sylvia and Philander allows readers to sense the intimacy between the two couple, but most importanly, it allows readers to follow the transformantion of Sylvia's identity from lady to whore. Behn conveys the double standard that exists in her society, and perhaps our society as well. Philander, after his lover affair and scandal is still a lord, but unfortunately for Sylvia, once 'undone' is no longer a lady.
This book was useful in helping me understand the sexual politics of seventeenth-century English society.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Reader on August 24, 2012
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Part 1

Part one is a story of coming of age for a young woman, Silvia. It's about how Philander, her brother-in-law seduces her. More like wears her down.

Part 2
Silvia's and Philander elope.
In order to escape from an arranged marriage to Brilljard, Younge Silvia disguises herself as a man. She elopes to Holland with Philander. But things do not go as planned, and it's not a happily ever after ending for them. They meet Octavio who becomes very good friends with Silivia though at the time he does not know she is a woman. Yet he still falls in love with her and the story get messy. Plenty of love triangle action, gossip, lies and manipulations.

Cheating, close call rape, and so on . . .
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