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Aphra Behn

Playwright, Spy (10-Jul-1640 — 16-Apr-1689)


Dolors Altaba-Artal. Aphra Behn's English Feminism: Wit and Satire. Susquehanna University Press. 2000. 231pp.

J. M. Armistead. Four Restoration Playwrights: A Reference Guide to Thomas Shadwell, Aphra Behn, Nathaniel Lee, and Thomas Otway. G. K. Hall. 1984. 448pp.

Kate Aughterson. Aphra Behn: The Comedies. Palgrave. 2003. 240pp.

W. J. Cameron. New Light On Aphra Behn: An Investigation into the Facts and Fictions Surrounding Her Journey to Surinam in 1663 and Her Activities as a Spy in Flanders in 1666. University of Auckland. 1961. 106pp.

Maureen Duffy. The Passionate Shepherdess: Aphra Behn, 1640-89. London: Jonathan Cape. 1977. 324pp.

Lizbeth Goodman; W. R. Owens. Shakespeare, Aphra Behn and the Canon. Routledge. 1996. 352pp. Comparisons of three of Shakepeare's works with Behn's.

Angeline Goreau. Reconstructing Aphra: A Social Biography of Aphra Behn. Oxford University Press. 1980. 340pp.

Derek Hughes. The Cambridge Companion to Aphra Behn. Cambridge University Press. 2004. 274pp.

Frederick M. Link. Aphra Behn. New York: Twayne. 1968. 183pp.

Mary Ann O'Donnell. Aphra Behn: An Annotated Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources. Ashgate Publishing. 2003. 771pp. Second edition.

Vita Sackville-West. Aphra Behn: The Incomparable Astrea. London: Gerald Howe. 1927. 93pp.

Jane Spencer. Aphra Behn's Afterlife. Oxford University Press. 2000. 309pp.

Dale Spender. Women of Ideas and What Men Have Done to Them: From Aphra Behn to Adrienne Rich. Routledge/Kegan Paul. 1982. 586pp.

M. L. Stapleton. Admired and Understood: The Poetry of Aphra Behn. University of Delaware Press. 2004. 248pp.

Janet Todd. Aphra Behn Studies. Cambridge University Press. 1996. 342pp.

Janet Todd. The Secret Life of Aphra Behn. Rutgers University Press. 1997. 453pp.

Janet Todd. The Critical Fortunes of Aphra Behn. New York: Camden House. 1998. 200pp.

George Woodcock. The Incomparable Aphra. London: T. V. Boardman & Co.. 1948. 248pp. Later reprinted as Aphra Behn: The English Sappho.


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  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Wikipedia [link]

  4. Encyclopaedia Britannica 11th Edition

  5. Random House Dictionary of World Biography (p.43)

  6. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.129)

  7. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.24)

  8. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.45)

  9. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature (p.32)

  10. A Dictionary of British and American Women Writers 1660-1800 (pp.43-44)

  11. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.90)

  12. British Authors Before 1800 (p.35)

  13. International Dictionary of Women's Biography (p.50)

  14. Atlantic: Brief Lives: A Biographical Companion to the Arts (p.45)

  15. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English (p.77)

  16. Who's Who in Europe, 1450-1750 (p.26)

  17. The Penguin Companion to English Literature (p.41)

  18. Northeastern Dictionary of Women's Biography (p.58)

  19. Legends in Their Own Time (p.21)

  20. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.17)

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