Women in the Literary Market 1800-1900

Aphra Behn, 1640-1689
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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 1670–when her first play, The Forc'd Marriage, was produced in London–Behn 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 who followed.

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The Round-heads or, The Good Old Cause... as it is acted at the Duke's Theatre. London: Printed for R. Wellington, 1698.
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early role models
entering the literary market
learned poets
getting into print
charlotte bronte and george eliot
sin and sensation
new women
L.T. Meade
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