Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn

Birth
Kent, England
Death 16 Apr 1689 (aged 48)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Plot The Cloister
Memorial ID 10242 · View Source
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Author. The first woman known to earned a living by writing. Her best known play is 'the Rover' and her best-known novel 'Oroonoko' , claimed to be 'the first philosophical novel in English'. Spied for England during the Dutch Wars of 1675-1677, after which her poverty (which led her to the debtor's prison) drove her to writing. 'Here lies a proof that wit can never be/Defence enough against mortality.'


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Here lies a Proof that Wit can never be
Defence enough against Mortality


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  • Added: 2 Jul 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 10242
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Aphra Behn (14 Dec 1640–16 Apr 1689), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10242, citing Westminster Abbey, Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .