By Derek Hughes, Janet Todd
Commonly often called the 1st specialist lady author in English, Aphra Behn (1640-1689) has now emerged as one of many significant figures of the recovery, delivering extra performs for the level than the other writer and enormously influencing the improvement of the radical. Behn's paintings straddles the genres of drama, fiction, poetry and translation. With its complete bibliography, certain chronology and an outline of the recognized evidence of her lifestyles, this better half is vital to learning her paintings.
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Lady Galliard is perhaps the best-developed example of Behn’s representation of the pathos of the female lack of self-control. There is no ordinary reason why Wilding should not marry Lady Galliard, a rich widow who wants to marry him, yet he argues that illicit love between them will be not only more exciting than matrimony, but more noble: 22 Women and society Beauty shou’d still be the Reward of Love, Not the vile Merchandize of Fortune, Or the cheap Drug of a Church-Ceremony. . All the desires of mutual Love are vertuous.
Antwerp, 1680). The Ramble: An Anti-Heroick Poem (London, 1682). ] British Lib. MS Harleian 7317, fol. 58*. Reprinted in part in The Works of Aphra Behn, ed. Montague Summers, 6 vols. (London, 1915), i, p. lvii. A Satyrical Epistle to the Female Author of a Poem call’d Silvia’s Revenge &c. (London, 1691). A Journal for Parnassus, Now Printed from a Manuscript circa 1688 ed. Hugh MacDonald (London, 1973). See O’Donnell, ‘A Verse Miscellany’. This prologue and epilogue were printed separately and are not the pieces usually printed with the play, which were Dryden’s pieces from a much earlier Shadwell play.
12 PRO SP 29/172, no. I 13 In addition to the documents reproduced by Cameron, Peter Beal calendars the remaining PRO petitions and other Behn manuscripts in the second volume of his Index of English Literary Manuscripts (London, 1987), pp. 1–6. 14 This is the same Bampﬁeld involved with Anne Murray, later Lady Halkett, in her attempts to assist James, Duke of York, to escape from England in 1648. 15 Sir Thomas has not yet been identiﬁed. Behn implies a closeness to him, adding that he ‘is selldom in towne’.