Five things you may not know about Aphra Behn

  1. Her husband was Dutch, and she was widowed at the age of 25
  2. She spent part of her childhood and adolescence in West Africa
  3. It is difficult to determine her sexuality from her writings, though there is more than a hint of bisexuality or lesbianism
  4. She was described with the epithet “the punk and poetess”, punk meaning “whore”
  5. It was rumoured that she was mistress to James II, which is one of the few aspects of her life one would wish to know nothing else about
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