Woolf on Behn

Chapter four of Virgina Woolf's critical text 'A Room of One's Own' discusses the influence and importance of Aphra Behn in shaping the work of later female authors such as George Eliot and Charlotte Brontë.

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Virginia Woolf
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The fourth chapter from Woolf's critical text 'A Room of One's Own' discusses the importance of literary forerunners and their influence on the work of later great writers. Woolf puts much acclaim upon Aphra Behn, a woman 'forced to make a living on her wits', and traces the evolution of female authorship from the sixteenth centry to the Victorian period. In this chapter Woolf claims that, due to Behn, writing for a woman became practical and serious - a means of making money when all other support failed. Such is her importance to female authorship that 'All women together' suggests Woolf 'ought to let flowers fall on the tomb of Aphra Behn'.