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ONDB "life " Behn, Aphra [Aphara] (1640?–1689)

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  • Michael Robinson
    Behn, Aphra [Aphara] (1640?-1689), writer, kept her early life obscure. The only person who claims to have known her as a child was the cavalier Colonel
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      Behn, Aphra [Aphara] (1640?-1689), writer, kept her early life
      obscure. The only person who claims to have known her as a child was
      the cavalier Colonel Thomas Colepeper who declared in his manuscript
      'Adversaria' (BL, Harley MSS 7587-7605) that her mother had been his
      wet-nurse, that she was born 'at Sturry or Canterbury', that her
      father's name was Johnson, that she had a 'fayer' sister, Frances, and
      that she herself was 'a most beautifull woman, & a most Excellent
      Poet'. Another contemporary testimony is that of Anne Finch, countess
      of Winchilsea, who in 'The Circuit of Apollo' gives 'the desolate Wye'
      as the place of her birth, and in marginalia on the poem (Finch MS
      Collection, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington) states that she
      was reputed to be 'Daughter to a Barber, who liv'd formerly at Wye a
      little market town (now much decay'd) in Kent'.

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    • Terry Foreman
      Excellent article, Michael. Thanks for continuing to feed us the ONDB as you can.
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        Excellent article, Michael.

        Thanks for continuing to feed us the ONDB as you can.

        At 12:29 AM 12/15/2007 +0000, you wrote:
        >Behn, Aphra [Aphara] (1640?-1689), writer, kept her early life
        >obscure. The only person who claims to have known her as a child was
        >the cavalier Colonel Thomas Colepeper who declared in his manuscript
        >'Adversaria' (BL, Harley MSS 7587-7605) that her mother had been his
        >wet-nurse, that she was born 'at Sturry or Canterbury', that her
        >father's name was Johnson, that she had a 'fayer' sister, Frances, and
        >that she herself was 'a most beautifull woman, & a most Excellent
        >Poet'. Another contemporary testimony is that of Anne Finch, countess
        >of Winchilsea, who in 'The Circuit of Apollo' gives 'the desolate Wye'
        >as the place of her birth, and in marginalia on the poem (Finch MS
        >Collection, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington) states that she
        >was reputed to be 'Daughter to a Barber, who liv'd formerly at Wye a
        >little market town (now much decay'd) in Kent'.
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