Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)
(drawing from the 19th C)
v The first published poet in the
New World (America). Also the first female published
writer in America.
v Born in
v She was taught by her father, Thomas Dudley, who was steward (head servant) to the Earl of Lincoln (a nobleman).
v She married Simon Bradstreet when she was 16.
v Both her father and husband became governors of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. They travelled to
1630. Anne was 18. Simon and Thomas also helped found America . Harvard University
v She wrote her first poem at 19, after recovering from small pox (kiahne).
v Anne and her husband moved around, helping found
Charlestown, Boston, Cambridge, Ipswich,
and North Andover.
v She and Simon had 8 children.
v Anne poems were brought to
England by her brother-in-law, Reverend John
Woodbridge, who published them without her knowledge or consent in a book
titled: The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up
by a Gentlewoman in such Parts. America
v According to
, Anne wanted her poems to remain
“I have presumed to bring to publick view what she resolved should never in such as manner see the Sun.”
v He did it to show the English that an educated woman could make a better wife and mother. While the book was popular, the sentiment was not.