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fem. proper name, apparently from a misunderstanding of Hebrew bebheth 'Aphrah "in the house of Aphrah" (Mi. i:10), in which Aphrah probably is the name of a town, not a person. [Klein]

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  • So I sent Mrs. aphra Behn, curiously sealed up, with 'private and confidential' on the packet, to my gay old grand-aunt.

  • In this there is some injustice against Mrs. Centlivre, for whose name should be supplied that of aphra Behn.

  • Her life and adventures in Surinam aphra has herself realistically told in that wonderfully vivid narrative, Oroonoko.

  • But aphra Behn's talents brought her a more substantial reward than fame.

    Woman's Work in English Fiction Clara Helen Whitmore
  • Mrs. aphra Behn was the first Englishwoman who adopted literature as a regular profession.

    A Critic in Pall Mall Oscar Wilde
  • When Colin entered, Miss aphra cast her eyes momentarily up, and half blushed as she resumed her sewing.

  • aphra now appears on Mrs. Behns gravestone, and is the accepted form.

  • Of these, three are now forgotten; one, aphra Behn, is remembered only to be despised for her vulgarity.

    The Wit of Women

    Kate Sanborn
  • As in aphra Behn's case, nothing Mrs. Manley ever wrote as drama or fiction could equal the events of her own life.

    The Female Wits Anonymous
  • And probably he did not mean the stigma which might be inferred from the conjunction of "aphra and Orinda."

    A Letter Book George Saintsbury

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