APHRA BEHN THE FAIR JILT PDF

Meet extraordinary women who dared to bring gender equality and other issues to the forefront. From overcoming oppression, to breaking rules, to reimagining the world or waging a rebellion, these women of history have a story to tell. Her origin remains a mystery, in part because Behn may have deliberately obscured her early life. One tradition identifies Behn as the child known only as Ayfara or Aphra who traveled in the s with a couple named Amis to Suriname, which was then an English possession. She was more likely the daughter of a barber, Bartholomew Johnson, who may or may not have sailed with her and the rest of her family to Suriname in She returned to England in and married a merchant named Behn; he died or the couple separated soon after.

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Meet extraordinary women who dared to bring gender equality and other issues to the forefront. From overcoming oppression, to breaking rules, to reimagining the world or waging a rebellion, these women of history have a story to tell. Her origin remains a mystery, in part because Behn may have deliberately obscured her early life. One tradition identifies Behn as the child known only as Ayfara or Aphra who traveled in the s with a couple named Amis to Suriname, which was then an English possession.

She was more likely the daughter of a barber, Bartholomew Johnson, who may or may not have sailed with her and the rest of her family to Suriname in She returned to England in and married a merchant named Behn; he died or the couple separated soon after. Her wit and talent having brought her into high esteem, she was employed by King Charles II in secret service in the Netherlands in Unrewarded and briefly imprisoned for debt, she began to write to support herself.

Her sole tragedy, Abdelazer, was staged in However, she turned increasingly to light comedy and farce over the course of the s. Many of these witty and vivacious comedies, notably The Rover two parts, produced and , were commercially successful. The Emperor of the Moon, first performed in , presaged the harlequinade , a form of comic theatre that evolved into the English pantomime.

Though Behn wrote many plays, her fiction today draws more interest. Her short novel Oroonoko tells the story of an enslaved African prince whom Behn claimed to have known in South America. Its engagement with the themes of slavery, race, and gender, as well as its influence on the development of the English novel, helped to make it, by the turn of the 21st century, her best-known work.

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Background[ edit ] The story is dedicated to "Henry Pain, Esq. Editor Montague Summers writes in his introduction to The Works of Aphra Behn that the story is only loosely based on actual events: "With all the nice skill of a born novelist she has so mingled fact and fancy, what did occur and what might have been, that any attempt to disentangle the twain would be idle indeed. Her parents are dead and her younger sister, Alcidiana, lives with an uncle. The seeming unattainability of the Begines makes them more desirable to men, and Miranda is beautiful, accomplished, and wealthy. Not surprisingly, she has many admirers; she receives their gifts and attention with pleasure, while loving none of them. Then one day she meets Henrick, a handsome young prince who has taken monastic vows and changed his name to Francisco. Miranda becomes infatuated with Henrick.

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