Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister (Google eBook)
Published in 1684, Aphra Behn's Love-Letters Between a Noble-Man and his Sister is a fascinating novel written in epistolary form. Set in seventeenth century England, the narrative showcases the relationship between a nobleman, Lord Philander, and his naive sister-in-law, Sylvia. Behn beautifully portrays their emotional intimacy. The work is a blatant commentary on the hypocrisy of a society that forces people to pretend and deceive and draws attention to the deep gulf that existed between the sexes.
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Review: Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His SisterUser Review - Suzanne - Goodreads
Watch as Aphra throws the epistolary novel out the window and invents the modern novel in the second half. Eat that, Samuel Richardson. Read full review
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