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Aphra Behn - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Aphra Behn

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

Recommended links
 
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Aphra Behn, author of Love Letters Between a Nobleman and his Sister, and Oroonoko, or the Royal Slave; seventeenth century British Literature / English Literature
Aphra Behn, by Mary Beale.   (source)
Aphra Behn   (1640 - 1689)
 
Category:  English Literature
 
Born: 1640
London, England
 
Died: 1689
London, England
 
Related authors:
Anne Bradstreet, Ephelia, Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville-West
 
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Aphra Behn - LIFE STORIES
 
 
12/14/1640     Aphra Behn, All Women    read it now!
On this day in 1640 Aphra Behn was baptized. The details of her birth and much of her "shady and amorous" life are unclear, but her place in literary history is certain: first epistolary novel, first philosophical novel, and a fifteen-play career which made her the first woman to earn her living by writing. "All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn," wrote Virginia Woolf, "for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Love-letters between a Nobleman and his Sister
fiction
 
Oroonoko, or, the Royal Slave
fiction
 
The Poems of Aphra Behn
anthology, poetry
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
A Room of One's Own
by Virginia Woolf
literary history
 
The Secret Life of Aphra Behn
by Janet M. Todd
biography
 
The Theatre of Aphra Behn
by Derek Hughes
biography
 
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Aphra Behn and the Noble Savage
Find a short commentary about Oroonoko and an annotated guide to online resources.
Essay: "Racism in Aphra Behn's Oroonoko"
Read a short, non-scholarly analysis which concludes that Behn's views, while misplaced in our era, reflected the common prejudices and conceptions of her time.

"It is evident that Behn believes that her European ancestry and Christian beliefs are superior to that of her native Indian and African counterparts. ... Notable accounts of the presence of racism, begin when Behn first introduces the native Indians of Surinam. She admirably describes the natives' culture, their talents, and the beauty of the women. However, in speaking of the women, she insinuates that it is a pity that such beauty was bestowed upon women of color...."
Online Books Page
Find electronic texts of Oroonoko: Or, The Royal Slave, The Rover: Or, The Banish'd Cavaliers, The City Heiress, and other works.
Study Guide for Students
A university professor in England offers these reading questions for Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, or The Royal Slave, to help students keep track of plot and characters as they read the work.
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