Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn (;.}} bapt. 14 December 1640 – 16 April 1689) was an English playwright, poet, prose writer and translator from the Restoration era. As one of the first English women to earn her living by her writing, she broke cultural barriers and served as a literary role model for later generations of women authors. Rising from obscurity, she came to the notice of Charles II, who employed her as a spy in Antwerp. Upon her return to London and a probable brief stay in debtors' prison, she began writing for the stage. She belonged to a coterie of poets and famous libertines such as John Wilmot, Lord Rochester. Behn wrote under the pastoral pseudonym Astrea. During the turbulent political times of the Exclusion Crisis, she wrote an epilogue and prologue that brought her legal trouble; she thereafter devoted most of her writing to prose genres and translations. A staunch supporter of the Stuart line, Behn declined an invitation from Bishop Burnet to write a welcoming poem to the new king William III. She died shortly after.

She is remembered in Virginia Woolf's ''A Room of One's Own'': "All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn which is, most scandalously but rather appropriately, in Westminster Abbey, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds." Her grave is not included in the Poets' Corner but lies in the East Cloister near the steps to the church.

Her best-known works are ''Oroonoko: or, the Royal Slave'', sometimes described as an early novel, and the play ''The Rover''. Provided by Wikipedia

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by Behn, Aphra
Published 1696
Printed for S. Briscoe
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by Behn, Aphra
Alex Catalogue

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by Behn, Aphra
Published 1717
printed by H. Meere, for C. King in Westminster-Hall, and A. Bettesworth in Pater-Noster Row

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by Behn, Aphra
Published 1708
printed for Daniel Brown, Jacob Tonson, John Nicholson, Benjamin Tooke, and George Strahan

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by Behn, Aphra
Published 1724
printed by J. Watts, for W. Smith, at the Dutchess's Head, opposite the Castle-Market, in Dames-Street

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by Behn, Aphra
Published 1729
printed for John Darby, Arthur Bettesworth, and Francis Clay, in trust for Richard, James, and Bethel Wellington

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by Behn, Aphra
Published 1741
printed by S. Powell, for W. Smith, at the Hercules in Dame-Street

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by Behn, Aphra
Published 1769
et se trouve à Paris, chez Vente, libraire

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by Behn, Aphra
Published 1757
printed for J. Lloyd, near Black-Friars-Church; and J. Reason, opposite Serjeants-Inn, Fleetstreet

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by Behn, Aphra
Published 1735
printed for W. Feales, at Rowe's Head, the Corner of Essex-Street in the Strand; R. Wellington, at the Dolphin and Crown, and C. Corbett, at Addison's Head, both without Temple-Bar; J. Brindley, at the King's Arms in New Bond-Street; and A. Bettesworth and F. Clay, in trust for B. Wellington

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by Behn, Aphra
Published 1709
printed for Richard Wellington, at the Dolphin and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard: and sold by William Lewis, at the Dolphin in Russel-Street, Covent-Garden

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by Behn, Aphra
Published 1735
printed for W. Feales, at Rowe's Head, against St. Clement's Church in the Strand; R. Wellington, at the Dolphin and Crown, without Temple-Bar; J. Brindley, at the King's Arms in New Bond-Street; C. Corbett, at Addison's Head, against St. Dunstan's Church in Fleet-Street; A. Bettesworth, and F. Clay, in trust for B. Wellington

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by Behn, Aphra
Published 1722
printed by J.D. for M.P. and sold by A. Bettesworth, and F. Clay

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by Behn, Aphra
Published 1702
printed for Jacob Tonson, at Grays-Inn-Gate, next Grays-Inn-Lane; and R. Wellington, at the Dolphin and Crown, the West-End of St. Paul's Church-Yard