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Aphra Behn
Aphra Behn
(/ˈæfrə bɛn/;[a] 14 December 1640? (baptismal date)[1]–16 April 1689) was a British playwright, poet, translator and fiction writer 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. She wrote under the pastoral pseudonym Astrea. During the turbulent political times of the Exclusion Crisis, she wrote an epilogue and prologue that brought her into legal trouble; she thereafter devoted most of her writing to prose genres and translations. A staunch supporter of the Stuart line, she declined an invitation from Bishop Burnet to write a welcoming poem to the new king William III. She died shortly after.[2] She is famously 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."[3] Her grave is not included in the Poets' Corner
Poets' Corner
but lies in the East Cloister near the steps to the church.[4]


1 Life and work

1.1 Versions of her early life 1.2 Career 1.3 Final years and death

2 Critical reputation 3 Adaptations of Behn in Literature 4 Works

4.1 Plays 4.2 Novels 4.3 Short stories/Novellas 4.4 Poetry collections

5 Biographies and writings based on her life 6 Notes 7 References 8 Sources 9 Further reading 10 External links

Life and work[edit] Versions of her early life[edit]

Title page of the first edition of Oroonoko

Information regarding Behn's life is scant, especially regarding her early years. This may be due to intentional obscuring on Behn's part. One version of Behn's life tells that she was born to a barber named John Amis and his wife Amy.[5] Another story has Behn born to a couple named Cooper.[5] The Histories And Novels of the Late Ingenious Mrs. Behn (1696) states that Behn was born to Bartholomew Johnson, a barber, and Elizabeth Denham, a wet-nurse.[5][6] Colonel Thomas Colepeper, the only person who claimed to have known her as a child, wrote in Adversaria that she was born at " Sturry
or Canterbury"[b] to a Mr Johnson and that she had a sister named Frances.[2] Another contemporary, Anne Finch, wrote that Behn was born in Wye in Kent, the "Daughter to a Barber".[2] In some accounts the profile of her father fits Eaffrey Johnson.[2] Behn was born during the buildup of the English Civil War, a child of the political tensions of the time. One version of Behn's story has her travelling with a Bartholomew Johnson to Surinam. He was said to die on the journey, with his wife and children spending some months in the country, though there is no evidence of this.[5][7] During this trip Behn said she met an African slave leader, whose story formed the basis for one of her most famous works, Oroonoko.[5][6] It is possible that she acted a spy in the colony.[2] There is little verifiable evidence to confirm any one story.[5] In Oroonoko
Behn gives herself the position of narrator and her first biographer accepted the assumption that Behn was the daughter of the lieutenant general of Surinam, as in the story. There is little evidence that this was the case, and none of her contemporaries acknowledge any aristocratic status.[2][5] There is also no evidence that Oroonoko
existed as an actual person or that any such slave revolt, as is featured in the story, really happened. Writer Germaine Greer
Germaine Greer
has called Behn "a palimpsest; she has scratched herself out," and biographer Janet Todd noted that Behn "has a lethal combination of obscurity, secrecy and staginess which makes her an uneasy fit for any narrative, speculative or factual. She is not so much a woman to be unmasked as an unending combination of masks".[7] It is notable that her name is not mentioned in tax or church records.[7] During her lifetime she was also known as Ann Behn, Mrs Bean, agent 160 and Astrea.[8] Career[edit]

A sketch of Aphra Behn
Aphra Behn
by George Scharf
George Scharf
from a portrait believed to be lost (1873)

Shortly after her supposed return to England from Surinam in 1664, Behn may have married Johan Behn (also written as Johann and John Behn). He may have been a merchant of German or Dutch extraction, possibly from Hamburg.[5][7] He died or the couple separated soon after 1664, however from this point the writer used the moniker "Mrs Behn" as her professional name.[6] Behn may have had a Catholic
upbringing. She once commented that she was "designed for a nun," and the fact that she had so many Catholic connections, such as Henry Neville who was later arrested for his Catholicism, would have aroused suspicions during the anti-Catholic fervour of the 1680s.[9] She was a monarchist, and her sympathy for the Stuarts, and particularly for the Catholic
Duke of York
Duke of York
may be demonstrated by her dedication of her play The Rover II to him after he had been exiled for the second time.[9] Behn was dedicated to the restored King Charles II. As political parties emerged during this time, Behn became a Tory
supporter.[9] By 1666 Behn had become attached to the court, possibly through the influence of Thomas Culpeper and other associates. The Second Anglo-Dutch War had broken out between England and the Netherlands in 1665, and she was recruited as a political spy in Antwerp
on behalf of King Charles II, possibly under the auspices of courtier Thomas Killigrew.[2][5][6] This is the first well-documented account we have of her activities.[7] Her code name is said to have been Astrea, a name under which she later published many of her writings.[5] Her chief role was to establish an intimacy with William Scot, son of Thomas Scot, a regicide who had been executed in 1660. Scot was believed to be ready to become a spy in the English service and to report on the doings of the English exiles who were plotting against the King. Behn arrived in Bruges
in July 1666, probably with two others, as London
was wracked with plague and fire. Behn's job was to turn Scot into a double agent, but there is evidence that Scot betrayed her to the Dutch.[2][7] Behn's exploits were not profitable however; the cost of living shocked her, and she was left unprepared. One month after arrival, she pawned her jewellry.[7] King Charles was slow in paying (if he paid at all), either for her services or for her expenses whilst abroad. Money had to be borrowed so that Behn could return to London, where a year's petitioning of Charles for payment was unsuccessful. It may be that she was never paid by the crown. A warrant was issued for her arrest, but there is no evidence it was served or that she went to prison for her debt, though apocryphally it is often given as part of her history.[2][7]

Portrait by Mary Beale

Forced by debt and her husband's death, Behn began to work for the King's Company and the Duke's Company
Duke's Company
players as a scribe. She had, however, written poetry up until this point.[5] While she is recorded to have written before she adopted her debt, it has been said[by whom?] that "Mrs. Behn wrote for a livelihood. Playwriting was her refuge from starvation and a debtor's prison."[10] The theatres that had been closed under Cromwell
were now re-opening under Charles II, plays enjoying a revival. Her first play, The Forc’d Marriage, was staged in 1670, followed by The Amorous Prince (1671). After her third play, The Dutch Lover, failed, Behn falls off the public record for three years. It is speculated that she went travelling again, possibly in her capacity as a spy.[7] She gradually moved towards comic works, which proved more commercially successful.[6] Her most popular works included The Rover and Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister (1684–87). Behn became friends with notable writers of the day, including John Dryden, Elizabeth Barry, John Hoyle, Thomas Otway
Thomas Otway
and Edward Ravenscroft, and was acknowledged as a part of the circle of the Earl of Rochester.[2][7] Behn often used her writings to attack the parliamentary Whigs claiming, "In public spirits call’d, good o’ th' Commonwealth... So tho' by different ways the fever seize...in all ’tis one and the same mad disease." This was Behn's reproach to parliament which had denied the king funds.[9] Final years and death[edit] In 1688, in the year before her death, she published A Discovery of New Worlds, a translation of a French popularisation of astronomy, Entretiens sur la pluralité des mondes, by Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle, written as a novel in a form similar to her own work, but with her new, religiously oriented preface. In all she would write and stage 19 plays, contribute to more, and become one of the first prolific, high-profile female dramatists in Britain.[2] During the 1670s and 1680s she was one of the most productive playwrights in Britain, second only to Poet Laureate John Dryden.[8] In her last four years, Behn's health began to fail, beset by poverty and debt, but she continued to write ferociously, though it became increasingly hard for her to hold a pen. In her final days, she wrote the translation of the final book of Abraham Cowley’s Six Books of Plants. She died on 16 April 1689, and was buried in the East Cloister Westminster Abbey. The inscription on her tombstone reads: "Here lies a Proof that Wit
can never be Defence enough against Mortality."[11] She was quoted as stating that she had led a "life dedicated to pleasure and poetry."[2][7][12] Behn was mocked for her bawdy works and for writing in a masculine style, but she did also have widespread support. Authors such as Dryden, Thomas Otway, Nahum Tate, Jacob Tonson, Nathaniel Lee
Nathaniel Lee
and Thomas Creech
Thomas Creech
celebrated her work.[7] Critical reputation[edit]

    Her balmy Lips encountring his,     Their Bodies as their Souls are joyn'd,     Where both in Transports were confin'd,     Extend themselves upon the Moss.     Cloris half dead and breathless lay,     Her Eyes appear'd like humid Light,     Such as divides the Day and Night;     Or falling Stars, whose Fires decay;     And now no signs of Life she shows, But what in short-breath-sighs returns and goes.

    He saw how at her length she lay,     He saw her rising Bosom bare,     Her loose thin Robes, through which appear     A Shape design'd for Love and Play;     Abandon'd by her Pride and Shame,     She do's her softest Sweets dispence,     Offring her Virgin-Innocence     A Victim to Loves Sacred Flame;     Whilst th' or'e ravish'd Shepherd lies, Unable to perform the Sacrifice.

“ ”

From "The Disappointment" [13]

Behn is now regarded as a key dramatist of the seventeenth-century theatre,[5] and her prose work is critically acknowledged as having been important to the development of the English novel.[6] She is perhaps best known to modern audiences for her short novel Oroonoko (1688), the tale of an enslaved African prince. It is notable for its exploration of slavery, race, and gender.[6] Behn was immensely prolific, writing plays, fiction and poetry, and translating works from French. She caused scandal in some of her chosen subject matter, often alluding to sexual desire. She was aware, and stated that, the works would not have caused problems if they had been written by a man.[5][6][14] Behn's work frequently takes homoerotic themes, featuring same-sex love between women. One of her best-known poems, "The Disappointment", is the story of a sexual encounter told from a woman's point of view that may be interpreted as a work about male impotence.[5] Critics Lisa Zeitz and Peter Thoms contend that the poem "playfully and wittily questions conventional gender roles and the structures of oppression which they support".[15] The criticism around her poetry focuses on the themes of gender, sexuality, femininity, pleasure, and love. A feminist critique tends to focus on Behn's inclusion of female pleasure and sexuality in her poetry, which was a radical concept at the time she was writing. One critic, Alison Conway, views Behn as instrumental to the formation of modern thought around the female gender and sexuality: "Behn wrote about these subjects before the technologies of sexuality we now associate were in place, which is, in part, why she proves so hard to situate in the trajectories most familiar to us”.[16] According to critic Elizabeth Young, Behn's work exemplifies pastoral poetry — an idealized portrayal of rural life.[17] In analyzing Behn's poem "On a Juniper Tree, cut down to make Busks" (published 1684), Young sees Behn as exploring the connections of human sexuality and bucolic nature by personifying a juniper tree, under which two lovers lie, as not only an observer but "a participant in the lovers' intercourse".[17] Further, by giving the tree an ambiguous gender, Behn upends the traditional scene of "clearcut seductions of shepherdesses by shepherds".[17] Modern critics have also seen Behn's poetry as reflecting utopian longings.[18] Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf
wrote, in A Room of One's Own:

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... Behn proved that money could be made by writing at the sacrifice, perhaps, of certain agreeable qualities; and so by degrees writing became not merely a sign of folly and a distracted mind but was of practical importance.[19]

Following the death of Behn, new female dramatists such as 'Ariadne', Delarivier Manley, Mary Pix, Susanna Centlivre
Susanna Centlivre
and Catherine Trotter acknowledged Behn as their most vital predecessor, who opened up public space for women writers.[2][8] During the 19th century, both the writer and her works were ignored or dismissed as indecent.[2] Victorian-era novelist and critic Julia Kavanagh wrote that, "the disgrace of Aphra Behn
Aphra Behn
is that, instead of raising man to woman's moral standard, [she] sank woman to the level of man's coarseness".[8] Nineteenth-century commentator John Doran wrote that her work wallowed in the moral morass.[8] In the 20th century, however, Behn's fame underwent a revival. Montague Summers, an author of scholarly works on the English drama of the 17th century, published a six-volume collection of her work, in hopes of rehabilitating her reputation. Summers was fiercely passionate about the work of Behn and found himself incredibly devoted to the appreciation of 17th century literature.[10] Felix Schelling wrote in The Cambridge History of English Literature, that she was "a very gifted woman, compelled to write for bread in an age in which literature... catered habitually to the lowest and most depraved of human inclinations," and that, "Her success depended upon her ability to write like a man." Edmund Gosse
Edmund Gosse
remarked that she was, "...the George Sand
George Sand
of the Restoration".[20] Behn is now regarded as a key English playwright and a major figure in Restoration theatre.[2][21] George Woodcock regarded Behn as an important influence on the development of the novel, stating "It is as a founder of the school of realistic novel-writing that Mrs. Behn is perhaps most important." [22] Authors such as Janet Todd detail Behn's unique exploration of race, gender and sexual agency. However, critic Harold Bloom calls Behn a "fourth-rate playwright" and cites the current appearance of her work as set texts in American schools as a case of "dumbing down."[23] Todd argues that, in addition to patriarchal prejudice, Behn suffered for her dismissal of any liberal agenda. Going against the tide of the times, she believed in the divine right of kings and aristocratic hierarchies. Todd writes that Behn was contemptuous of democracy and the common man in the street, not expressly interested in human rights — for women or slaves or anyone else — and that, because she did not support any kind of a liberal agenda, her causes were not cheered by the progressives.[8] She does not easily fit into any mould of proto-feminism. She had come into adulthood, following the English Civil War, under the harsh puritan rule of the Restoration, and regarded political populism as a sign of moral collapse and the triumph of venality. Ironically, the current revival of her reputation rides on the work Oroonoko
(1688), a story that is taken to promote modern, progressive views on gender, race and class. Todd maintains that the fiction has been co-opted by modern interests and that such views are not views that Behn clearly expressed.[8] Her reputation is not helped by the fact that almost nothing is known of her first 27 years; and while she was a pioneer, she also faced debt for much of her life and was a propagandist and writer for hire. She was ambitious, desiring fame and literary prestige, which for a woman of the time and in times since, is often regarded as suspect.[8] Adaptations of Behn in Literature[edit] Behn's life has been adapted for the stage in the 2014 play Empress of the Moon: The Lives of Aphra Behn
Aphra Behn
by Chris Braak, and the 2015 play [exit Mrs Behn] or, The Leo Play by Christopher VanderArk.[24] She is one of the characters in the 2010 play Or, by Liz Duffy Adams.[25][26] Behn appears as a character in Daniel O'Mahony's Newtons Sleep, in Phillip Jose Farmer's The Magic Labyrinth
The Magic Labyrinth
and Gods of Riverworld, in Molly Brown's Invitation to a Funeral (1999), and in Diana Norman's The Vizard Mask. She is referred to in Patrick O'Brian's novel Desolation Island. Works[edit]

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The Forc'd Marriage
The Forc'd Marriage
(1670) The Amorous Prince (1671) The Dutch Lover (1673) Abdelazer
(1676) The Town Fop
(1676) The Rover, Part 1 (1677) and Part 2 (1681) Sir Patient Fancy (1678) The Feigned Courtesans (1679) The Young King (1679) The False Count (1681) The Roundheads (1681) The City Heiress
The City Heiress
(1682) Like Father, Like Son (1682) Prologue and Epilogue to Romulus and Hersilia, or The Sabine War (November 1682) The Lucky Chance (1686) with composer John Blow The Emperor of the Moon
The Emperor of the Moon

Posthumously performed

The Widow Ranter (1689)[27] The Younger Brother (1696) posthumously


The Fair Jilt Agnes de Castro Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister
Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister
(disputed;[28] 1684) Oroonoko

Short stories/Novellas[edit]

The Fair Jilt
The Fair Jilt
(1688) The History of the Nun: or, the Fair Vow-Breaker (1688) The History of The Servant (disputed[29]) The Lover-Boy of Germany (disputed) The Girl Who Loved the German Lover-Boy (disputed)

Poetry collections[edit]

Poems upon Several Occasions, with A Voyage to the Island of Love (1684) [6] Lycidus; or, The Lover in Fashion

Biographies and writings based on her life[edit]

Maureen Duffy
Maureen Duffy
(1977). The Passionate Shepherdess.  The first wholly scholarly new biography of Behn; the first to identify Behn's birth name. Goreau, Angeline (1980). Reconstructing Aphra: a social biography of Aphra Behn. New York: Dial Press. ISBN 0-8037-7478-8.  Goreau, Angeline (1983). "Aphra Behn: A scandal to modesty (c. 1640-1689)". In Spender, Dale. Feminist theorists: Three centuries of key women thinkers. Pantheon. pp. 8–27. ISBN 0-394-53438-7.  Derek Hughes (2001). The Theatre of Aphra Behn. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-76030-1.  Janet Todd (1997). The Secret Life of Aphra Behn. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-2455-5.  Most recent and comprehensively researched biography of Behn, with new material on her life as a spy. Vita Sackville-West
Vita Sackville-West
(1927). Aphra Behn
Aphra Behn
- The Incomparable Astrea. Gerald Howe.  A view of Behn more sympathetic and laudatory than Woolf's. Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf
(1929). A Room of One's Own.  One section deals with Behn, but it is a starting point for the feminist rediscovery of Behn's role. Huntting, Nancy. "What Is Triumph in Love? with a consideration of Aphra Behn".  Germaine Greer
Germaine Greer
(1995). Slip-Shod Sibyls.  Two chapters deal with Aphra Behn
Aphra Behn
with emphasis on her character as a poet Heidi Hutner (1993). Rereading Aphra Behn: History, Theory, and Criticism. University of Virginia Press. ISBN 9780813914435.  Janet Todd, Aphra Behn: A Secret Life. ISBN 978-1-909572-06-5, 2017 Fentum Press, revised edition


^ She inherited this name from her German husband; the German pronunciation is [beːn]. ^ Sturry
is a small town a few miles east of the city of Canterbury
in Kent.


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Aphra Behn
(1640 - 1689)". BBC. Retrieved 19 April 2017.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Janet Todd, "Behn, Aphra (1640?–1689)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 ^ Woolf, Virginia (1929). A Room of One's Own. New York: Harcourt Brace. p. 69. OCLC 326933.  ^ "Westminster Abbey". Westminster Abbey. 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Stiebel, Arlene. "Aphra Behn". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 30 October 2015.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Aphra Behn". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved 30 October 2015.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Derek Hughes, Janet Todd, eds. (2004). The Cambridge Companion to Aphra Behn. Cambridge University. pp. 1–10. ISBN 9780521527200. CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link) ^ a b c d e f g h Todd, Janet (2013) The Secret Life of Aphra Behn; Rutgers University Press; ISBN 9780813524559 ^ a b c d Goreau, Angeline (1980). Reconstructing Aphra: A Social Biography of Aphra Behn. Dial Press. ISBN 0-8037-7478-8.  ^ a b Palmer, John (14 August 1915). "The Works of Aphra Behn". Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art.  ^ "Aphra Behn". Cameron Self, Poets' Graves. Retrieved 30 October 2015.  ^ "17th Century Women". University of Calgary. Retrieved 30 October 2015.  ^ "The Disappointment". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 21 July 2013.  ^ " Aphra Behn
Aphra Behn
(1640 - 1689)". BBC History. Retrieved 30 October 2015.  ^ Zeitz, Lisa M.; Thoms, Peter (1997). "Power, Gender, and Identity in Aphra Behn's "The Disappointment"". Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900. 37 (3): 501–516.  ^ Conway, Alison (2003). "Flesh on the Mind: Behn Studies in the New Millennium". JSTOR.  Missing or empty url= (help) ^ a b c Young, Elizabeth (1993). "Aphra Behn, Gender, and Pastoral". Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900. 33 (3): 523–543. Retrieved 7 December 2017. (registration required) ^ Gardiner, Judith Kegan (1993). Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Utopian Longings in Behn's Lyric Poetry. MLA Bibliography: UP of Virginia. pp. 273–300.  ^ Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One's Own. 1928, at 65 ^ Stanley Kunitz and Howard Haycraft, eds. (1952). British Authors Before 1800: A Biographical Dictionary. New York: H.W. Wilson. p. 36. CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link) ^ Walters, Margaret (2005). Feminism: A very short introduction. Oxford University. p. 24. ISBN 0-19-280510-X.  ^ Woodcock, George (1948). The Incomparable Aphra. London: T. V. Boardman. p. 238. OCLC 2352117.  ^ Bloom, Harold (24 September 2003). "Dumbing down American readers". The Boston Globe.  ^ "[exit Mrs Behn] or, The Leo Play - FRINGE FEST EVENT". Archived from the original on 2015-01-21.  ^ Adams, Liz Duffy (2010). Or. Dramatists Play Service. ISBN 9780822224587.  ^ Isherwood, Charles (9 November 2009). "All They Need Is Love (and Freedom and Theater)" (review). NY Times.  ^ Behn, Aphra (1690). "The Widow Ranter".  ^ Orr, Leah (January 2013). "Attribution Problems in the Fiction of Aphra Behn". The Modern Language Review. 108 (1): 30–51. doi:10.5699/modelangrevi.108.1.0030.  ^ Greer, Germaine (1996). "Honest Sam. Briscoe". In Myers, Robin; Harris, Michael. A Genius for Letters: Booksellers and Bookselling from the 16th to the 20th Century. Oak Knoll Press. pp. 33–47. 


Todd, Janet (2013). The Secret Life of Aphra Behn. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781448212545. 

Further reading[edit]

Todd, Janet. The Works of Aphra Behn. 7 vols. Ohio State University Press, 1992-1996. (Currently most up-to-date edition of her collected works) O'Donnell, Mary Ann. Aphra Behn: An Annotated Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources. 2nd Edition. Ashgate, 2004. Spencer, Jane. Aphra Behn's Afterlife. Oxford University Press. 2000. Aphra Behn
Aphra Behn
Online: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830. e-journal sponsored by the Aphra Behn
Aphra Behn
Society and the University of South Florida. 2011- Hobby, Elaine. Virtue of necessity: English women's writing 1649-88. University of Michigan 1989. Lewcock, Dawn. Aphra Behn
Aphra Behn
studies: More for seeing than hearing: Behn and the use of theatre. Ed. Todd, Janet. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1996. Brockhaus, Cathrin, Aphra Behn
Aphra Behn
und ihre Londoner Komödien: Die Dramatikerin und ihr Werk im England des ausgehenden 17. Jahrhunderts, 1998. Todd, Janet (1998). The critical fortunes of Aphra Behn. Columbia, SC: Camden House. pp. 69–72. ISBN 9781571131652.  Owens, W. R. (1996). Shakespeare, Aphra Behn, and the canon. New York: Routledge
in association with the Open University. ISBN 9780415135757.   Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Behn, Aphra". Encyclopædia Britannica. 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.   Gosse, Edmund (1885). "Behn, Afra". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 4. London: Smith, Elder & Co.  Gainor, J. Ellen, Stanton B. Garner, Jr., and Martin Puchner. The Norton Anthology of Drama. ISBN 9780393921519

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v t e

Aphra Behn


"The Disappointment" (1680)


The History of the Nun
The History of the Nun
(1688) The Fair Jilt
The Fair Jilt


Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister
Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister
(1684) Oroonoko


The Forc'd Marriage
The Forc'd Marriage
(1670) Abdelazer
(1676) The Rover (1677–1681) The Feign'd Curtizans
The Feign'd Curtizans
(1679) The City Heiress
The City Heiress
(1682) The Emperor of the Moon
The Emperor of the Moon

v t e

Restoration comedy


Aphra Behn Susanna Centlivre Colley Cibber William Congreve John Dryden George Etherege George Farquhar Edward Howard James Howard Robert Howard Thomas Otway Charles Sedley Thomas Shadwell Thomas Southerne Richard Steele John Vanbrugh George Villiers William Wycherley

Notable Plays

The Indian Emperour
The Indian Emperour
(1665) The Committee; Or, The Faithful Irishman (1665) The Mulberry-Garden
The Mulberry-Garden
(1668) Tarugo's Wiles: or, The Coffee-house (1668) The Rehearsal (1671) Marriage à la mode (1672) The Country Wife
The Country Wife
(1675) Aureng-zebe
(1675) The Plain-Dealer (1676) The Man of Mode
The Man of Mode
(1676) Venice Preserv'd (1682) Bellamira (1687) Love for Love
Love for Love
(1700) Love's Last Shift
Love's Last Shift
(1696) The Relapse
The Relapse
(1696) The Way of the World
The Way of the World
(1700) The Recruiting Officer
The Recruiting Officer
(1706) The Beaux' Stratagem
The Beaux' Stratagem


Beau Fop Spark Rake

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