Philobiblon: Aphra Behn's tomb...

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Aphra Behn's tomb...

An interesting query from Holly, who's been contributing to the "really dead women authors meme" about the location of Aphra Behn's tomb in Westminister Abbey, and why she isn't in "Poets' Corner".

I happen to have sitting beside my bed in my "to read" pile Maureen Duffy's biography. It says:

"Thrysis [Thomas Sprat, "Birmingham's old chaplain, who was Dean of Westminster], I believe, was responsible for her burial in Westminster Abbey on April 20th, no doubt backed by Burnet and by those of sufficient wit and position not to mind the odium or satire that accure to them from such an act. She lies in the cloister and not among the 'trading poets' in poets' corner, but with the Bettertons and Anne Bracegirdle." (p. 294)

So it sounds like she was classed as "theatre" rather than "literature".

There's an image of the tomb here.

Can anyone add to this?


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