The Lover's Watch, Or, The Art of Making Love
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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Review: The Lover's WatchUser 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