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

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  • Terry Foreman
    Excellent article, Michael. Thanks for continuing to feed us the ONDB as you can.
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 14, 2007
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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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      >Continued:-
      >http://www.oxforddnb.com/public/lotw/2.html
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