Hello, do any of you know of the female poettess Aphra Behn. I have done some research on her but havent found a real lot. So I came here and wanted to know do any of you know where I can read any of her poetryor find out more about her and her lifestyle.
there is so much about her, and her life
try this one, to start with :
There is or was a selection in Penguin. Go to www.bookfinder.com and enter under both author and titleand see what happens.
Click the Classical Poet List above for,
She was also a playwright. (She's represented in an anthology of plays by women that I have at home, but I can't recall the title of her play.) She is generally regarded as the first female full-time professional writer--the first to earn her living exclusively by writing.
3 works (Love-letters between a nobleman and his sister, Works of Aphra Behn vol II and Vol III) are posted on Project Gutenberg. This URL is for the Authors Index ( - scroll down until you find Behn and the links there will take you to the e-texts. Works Vol I is being proofed at the moment so it will be worth checking Gutenberg again in a while.
Hello, thank you all for the information. On [www.sappho.com] It says somethin about her being involved in relationships with both men and women and I wanted to find more about this part of her life. If anyone knows of anywebsites please let me know.
I found that play:
THE FEMALE WITS: Women Playwrights of the Restoration
edited by Fidelis Morgan
Virago Press, 1981
Includes an essay on Aphra Behn and her play "The Lucky Chance, OR An Alderman's Bargan."
It appears to be a silly comedy about marrying for love vs marrying for money.
I've seen the anthology in a lot of used-book stores, so it should be pretty easy to find used and/or at the library.
In one of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels, (Desolation Island?) Aphra Behn is said by a character to have also been a spy. I haven't followed up on the validity of this- but O'Brian was a pretty solid researcher.
She was a restoration period playwright, novelist (Oroonoko) and poet. She was a spy in Holland for the English. The RSC produced her play The Rover in 1987 with Jeremy Irons.