Knowing that her lover Damon might be tempted by other women during a brief separation, Iris subversively maps out his day for him, hour by hour, to keep his thoughts upon her alone. Interspersed with exquisite—and instructive—verse, this 1686 philosophical novel is a sharp-witted observation of the universal manners of love as well as a tongue-in-cheek manual for suitors. The author of Oroonoko, Aphra Behn (c. 1640–89) was the first female professional writer in the English language.
"All women together, ought to let flowers fall upon the grave of Aphra Behn ... for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds."—Virginia Woolf