Re: [pepysdiary] ONDB "life " Behn, Aphra [Aphara] (1640? 1689 )
- 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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