Download e-book for kindle: Aphra Behn's Afterlife by Jane Spencer

By Jane Spencer

ISBN-10: 0198184948

ISBN-13: 9780198184942

ISBN-10: 0585486395

ISBN-13: 9780585486390

Aphra Behn, now turning into famous as a massive recovery determine, is principally major as an early instance of a profitable expert lady author. This e-book 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 main part of this entry, signed B, repeats the  entry, but is followed by additional material on – signed K for Kippis.   01 Chapter 0646 30/8/00 12:33 pm Page 43 Pleasure and Poetry: The Behn Myth  was of a capacity above most of her sex who have obliged the public. She had a ready command of pertinent expressions, and was of a fancy pregnant and fluent: whence it is that she wrote with a facility, spirit, and warmth, especially in amorous subjects, superior to every other Poetess of the Age, and many of the Poets too: so that none among us may, perhaps, more justly be called the ENGLISH SAPPHO; equalling her either for description, or perhaps experience, in the flames of love; and excelling in her personal temptation to it .

Works, vii. ’ (probably her friend George Jenkins) published posthumously her play The Widdow Ranter he said very little about its author, other than that she was a true ‘Judge of Wit’ and that she would have been horrified to see her play so badly produced and acted (Works, vii. ).  Langbaine was concerned with listing plays and evaluating authors, rather than with biography, and beyond noting that Behn wrote for money, he said nothing about her life. L. for George West, and Henry Clements, ), .

01 Chapter 0646 30/8/00 12:33 pm Page 37 Pleasure and Poetry: The Behn Myth  probably not genuinely hers. The Antwerp account here takes up twenty-eight pages. It makes more of Behn’s importance as a spy, claiming that she gave the English warning of the Dutch plan to sail up the Thames, but was ignored. It also makes more of Behn the writer, but not by describing her professional career, which at this date was still mainly understood as her dramatic career. As a dramatist, she had of course already been detailed by Langbaine.

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