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