Aphra Behn was born circa 1640 in Kent, England. While most of her life is a mystery, she was known to have written the short work of fiction entitled Oroonoko, a love story about an African slave, in 1688, and later the play The Forc'd Marriage. Married to a merchant, Behn managed to earn a living through her fiction, poetry and playwriting. Behn died on April 16, 1689, in London, England.
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