Aphra Behn was England's first professional woman writer, but her status as a
major author has only recently become clear. Between the sixteenth and
eighteenth centuries Behn was denigrated for her "unwomanly" subject matter and
intellectual immodesty. In the twentieth century she has been increasingly
viewed as a leading dramatist of the Restoration and a founder of the English
novel. This collection forms an important resource for those studying
seventeenth century English literature and drama, and for those interested in
the development of women's writing.