Aphra Behn


Birthday December 14, 1640

Birth Sign Sagittarius

Birthplace England

DEATH DATE Apr 16, 1689 (48)

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An influential playwright and author of the Restoration Era, she is known for plays such as The Rover, Sir Patient Fancy, and The Feigned Courtesans. Her novels include Oroonoko and Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister.

Before Fame

During her younger years, she traveled to many places, including Venezuela and Africa. She published her first dramatic work, The Forced Marriage, in 1670.


She had a stint as a political spy for the English Government.

Family Life

She was born near Canterbury, England. Her marriage to Johan Behn was cut short by his early death.

Associated With

She was praised by author Virginia Woolf .