The Lover's Watch, Or, The Art of Making Love

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Hesperus, 2004 - Fiction - 94 pages
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As a beautiful and sought-after woman, Iris is well aware of the hours of reflection and sighing due to her—and of the dangers and temptations that await a man whose lover is absent. Thus, the hour between 8 and 9, before Damon is enjoined to rise, may be spent in “Agreeable Reverie,” of which the principle subject would be, of course, Iris, while 5 o’clock is the hour of “Dangerous Visits,” when Damon will be prey to the wiles and machinations of his female acquaintances. Interspersed with exquisite—and instructive—verse, The Lover’s Watch is an ironic, sharp-witted observation of the universal manners of love as well as an invaluable manual for all eager suitors. Proto-feminist Aphra Behn was the first female professional writer in the English language; the author of many plays, she also wrote the highly regarded philosophical novel Oroonoko.

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User Review  - Kirsten - Goodreads

First published in 1686. This book, a set of instructions from a high-born lady to her absent paramour, is amusing and witty in some places, and interesting for its historical value, but I had a hard time staying interested. It's short, though, and works well read in small doses. Read full review

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Aphra Behn (1640-1689) was a prolific play, novel and poetry writer of the English Restoration and was one of the first female English professional writers. Her plays include "The Forced Marriage", "The Amorous Prince, The Dutch Lover, Abdelazer, The Town Fop, The Rover, Sir Patient Fancy, The Feigned" "Courtesans, The Young King, The False Count, The Roundheads, The City Heiress, Like Father, Like Son, The Lucky Chance, " and "The Emperor of the Moon.

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