Aphra Behn (1640 – 1689) was a prolific dramatist, spy, and Tory propagandist of the English Restoration. After spying for Charles II in Antwerp during the Dutch wars, she turned to literature and became a successful author—indeed, the first female literary author to earn her living entirely from her quill. It is possible nowadays to obtain her entire oeuvre in a six-volume collection (300+ pages per volume). However, her most prominent works include a comedy, such as The Rover
(1677); a farce, such as The Emperor of the Moon
(1687); and an amorous and political novel, Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister
(1684-1687). The short novel, Oroonoko
(1688), though not the first, is considered important to the development of the English novel, and perhaps the works for which she is best known today.