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December 14, 2012

Aphra Behn, All Women

 Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn

On this day in 1640 Aphra Behn was baptized. The details of her birth and much of her “shady and amorous” life are unclear, but her place in literary history is certain: first epistolary novel, first philosophical novel, and a fifteen-play career which made her the first woman to earn her living by writing. “All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn,” wrote Virginia Woolf, “for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.”

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