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Behn, Aphra. The Works of Aphra Behn. Edited by Janet Todd. 7 vols. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2000-2001.
Janet Todd is the Francis Hutcheson Professor of English Literature, University of Glasgow, and the author of many books, including The Secret Life of Aphra Behn (1996) and Mary Wollstonecraft: A Revolutionary Life (2000).
Todd’s "The Works of Aphra Behn" presents Behn’s fiction with the full apparatus it deserves, hitherto only found in editions of her drama or her most famous novel, "Oroonoko." Todd compliments her critical introductions with detailed critical and textual notes, reproductions of original title pages and other relevant contemporary images, and in case of the "Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister," extensive appendixes containing source material and variants. . . . The available volumes of Todd’s edition help define the role of women in issues that currently preoccupy many Romantic scholars. . . . I hope this new, superior edition of Behn’s work will stimulate more studies of this type.