Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn was mostly likely born in December of 1640 in Canterbury, England. There are very few records of her parents or of Behn’s early life. She is considered to be one of the first English women to earn a living through writing. She broke numerous important cultural barriers while rising from obscurity. Read more about Aphra Behn.

A Thousand Martyrs

‘A Thousand Martyrs’ by Aphra Behn describes the opulent life of a speaker who consumes everyone and everything around her.

The Willing Mistress

‘The Willing Mistress’ by Aphra Behn is a playfully suggestive poem about a casual encounter between two lovers in a grove.