By Jane Spencer

Aphra Behn, now changing into well-known as an incredible recovery determine, is principally major as an early instance of a winning specialist girl author. This ebook analyses her reception as a poet, a novelist, and a dramatist, demonstrating her far-reaching effect on eighteenth-century literature and at the formation of the English literary canon.

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The writer suggests that the couplet was written by ‘the very Person, whom the Envious of our Sex, and the Malicious of the other, wou’d needs have the Author of most of hers’ (). This may be Hoyle. Todd suggests Ravenscroft as another possibility: see Secret Life, , n. .  Behn died on  Apr.  and was buried on  Apr; the elegy was licensed on  Apr. G. ), A Little Ark (London: P. J. and A. Dobell, ), .  Todd, Secret Life, .  Harrison Platt, ‘Astrea and Celadon: An Untouched Portrait of Aphra Behn’, PMLA,  (), –.

Taylor, and B. Took, ), –.  MS Epistle to Julian. BL Harleian , fol. ; quoted in The Works of Aphra Behn, ed. Montague Summers (London: William Heinemann, ), i, p. lvii.  ‘To the Lovely Witty Astraea, on her Excellent Poems’, in Poems Upon Several Occasions (London: R. and J. Tonson, ), sig. Av–B1r. 01 Chapter 0646 30/8/00 12:33 pm Page 28  Reputations established during her lifetime as an example of womankind was going to be hard for the next generation of female poets to ignore.

Both men are in love with Astrea, and Van Bruin’s absurd love-letters, with Astrea’s mocking replies, are inserted into the narrative. These letters seem to have been written in the s with an eye to capitalizing on Behn’s current reputation: Astrea’s jokes about Van Bruin’s attempted voyage for ‘the Island of Love’ would remind the readers of  of the poetic Voyage to the Island of Love which had recently been reprinted in the second edition of Behn’s Poems Upon Several Occasions. The story of Astrea’s trickery of Vander Albert, and her subsequent return to London, is given as in the  ‘Memoirs’.

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