â€˜We are bought and sold like apes or monkeys, to be the sport of women, fools, and cowards, and the support of roguesâ€™ When Prince Oroonokoâ€™s passion for the virtuous Imoinda arouses the jealousy of his grandfather, the lovers are cast into slavery and transported from Africa to the colony of Surinam. Oroonokoâ€™s noble bearing soon wins the respect of his English captors, but his struggle for freedom brings about his destruction. Inspired by Aphra Behnâ€™s visit to Surinam, Oroonoko (1688) reflects the authorâ€™s romantic view of Native Americans as simple, superior peoples â€˜in the first state of innocence, before men knew how to sinâ€™. The novel also reveals Behnâ€™s ambiguous attitude to African slavery â€“ while she favoured it as a means to strengthen Englandâ€™s power, her powerful and moving work conveys its injustice and brutality. This new edition of Oroonoko is based on the first printed edition of 1688, and includes a chronology, bibliography and notes. In her introduction, Janet Todd examines Aphra Behnâ€™s views of slavery, colonization and politics, and her position as a professional woman writer in the Restoration.