Aphra Behn was among the wittiest and most prolific playwrights of her day
The Rover is the most popular of Behn's plays, a comedy set in a 17th century Spanish colony during carnival time. Scenes of infidelity, elopement and seduction are juxtaposed with images of elaborate sword play creating a mood of frantic, endless celebration.
In The Rover, Behn recreates a male-dominated society but responds with clear-sighted and sympathetic portrayal of the female predicament. The female voice gave the play a distinctiveness in its time and portrays "the fine line drawn and doodled around between the brutality of rape and the art of seduction" (Michael Coveney, Financial Times).
The Rover was revived by the RSC in 1986, directed by John Barton with Jeremy Sams and Imogen Stubbs in the lead roles. This volume contains expert notes on the author's life and work, historical and political background to the play and a glossary of difficult words and phrases.
"Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common...All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn." (Virginia Woolf on Aphra Behn)
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The Rover is the most popular play by the first female professional writer in England, Aphra Behn. Set in Italy during the chaotic misrule of carnival time, the play explores issues of love, deception and the excesses of sexual passion.About the Author:
The editor, Robyn Bolam, is Professor of literature at St Mary's University College, London.
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Descripción Heinemann, 1993. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 413668800
Descripción Methuen Drama, 1993. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0413668800