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]
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.
aphra now appears on Mrs. Behns gravestone, and is the accepted form.
But aphra Behn's talents brought her a more substantial reward than fame.
When Colin entered, Miss aphra cast her eyes momentarily up, and half blushed as she resumed her sewing.
Mrs. aphra Behn was the first Englishwoman who adopted literature as a regular profession.
And probably he did not mean the stigma which might be inferred from the conjunction of "aphra and Orinda."
As in aphra Behn's case, nothing Mrs. Manley ever wrote as drama or fiction could equal the events of her own life.
So I sent Mrs. aphra Behn, curiously sealed up, with 'private and confidential' on the packet, to my gay old grand-aunt.
Of these, three are now forgotten; one, aphra Behn, is remembered only to be despised for her vulgarity.