Aphra Behn, 1640-1689
Aphra Behn was a celebrated novelist and poet and one of the most influential
dramatists of the late seventeenth century. Two factors compelled her
to write for a living: the death of her husband in 1665, and her indebtedness
after serving as a spy for King Charles II. From 1670when her first
play, The Forc'd Marriage, was produced in LondonBehn earned
her living as a playwright and novelist until her death in 1689.
As the first woman in England to support herself by writing,
Behn served as model and inspiration for generations of women authors
The Round-heads or, The Good Old Cause... as it is acted at the
Duke's Theatre. London: Printed for R. Wellington, 1698.