Aphra Behn (Paperback)
A Secret Life
Fentum Press, 9781909572065, 608pp.
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
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.