The life, work and history of Aphra Behn: seventeenth century dramatist, poet, novelist, political propagandist, bisexual writer, and 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-breakingit 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. "
1DBK United Kingdom, Great Britain, 2AB English, 3JD c 1600 to c 1700, DSBD Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, DSC Literary studies: poetry & poets, DSK Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers