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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Born in the first few decades of the seventeenth century, Aphra Behn is one of early literature's best-known female writers. Behn had the lucky distinction of being able to support herself strictly by her "pen," something unheard of for women of her time. Throughout her long career, she wrote in various forms--poetry, plays, prose--and is known as a member of the 'fair triumvirate of wit' alongside fellow scribes Eliza Haywood and Delarivier Manley. Although little is known about her early life, Behn's father held a post as lieutenant governor of Surinam, and Behn's experiences during her stay most likely formed the basis for her most famous work, Oroonoko. Behn was also a popular dramatist in her time, penning critical successes like The Rover and The Feigned Courtesans. Her literary exploits aside, Behn is also known to have acted as a political spy for King Charles II of England during the Second Anglo-Dutch War. Behn died in 1689, and is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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