"And with Mrs Behn we turn a very important corner on the road"
Aphra Behn by Mary Beale
Public DomainAphra Behn by Mary Beale - Credit: Mary Beale

Aphra Behn (1640-1689) (as noted in the text) was one of the first female English authors to write professionally. She was a playwright, novelist, and poet of the Restoration period  whose most popular works include: The Rover; Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister; and Oroonoko.

The two works referred to a little later in the text, 'A Thousand Martyrs I have made' and 'Love in Fantastic Triumph sat', are poems. The second one referred to is not actually a title, but the first line of a poem entitled 'Love Armed'.

Extract from 'Love Armed':

Love in fantastic triumph sat,

Whilst bleeding hearts around him flowed,

For whom fresh pains he did create,

And strange tyrannic power he showed ...