Aphra Behn (1640–89) was one of the first women to earn a living entirely from writing, although her successes were dogged by the patriarchal climate of the time: there were slights on her originality and her moral reputation. Her most famous works include the comedy The Rover (1677), and the novella Oroonoko, or, The Royal Slave (1688), about the African prince Oroonoko and his slavery in the English colony of Surinam in the 1670s, inspired by a true event when Behn was there in the 1650s. In her work Behn offers a unique female perspective on honour, nobility, and the sexual power-relations between men and women.
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