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Aphra Behn (; bapt. 14 December 1640 – 16 April 1689) was an English 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.Janet Todd, "Behn, Aphra (1640?–1689)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004

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London : Printed for Richard Wellington ... and sold by Percival Gilborne ... and Bernard Lintott ..., MDCXCVIII [1698]
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Uniform title: Plays
by Behn, Aphra, 1640-1689
London : printed, for M. W. and sold by W. Meadows, 1716
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by Behn, Aphra, 1640-1689
London : Printed for Richard Wellington ... and sold by Percivil Gilborne ..., 1698
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Uniform title: The rover. Part 1
by Behn, Aphra, 1640-1689
London : printed for Richard Wellington: and sold by William Lewis, 1709
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