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Bradstreet, Anne

Born: 1612 AD
Died: 1672 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Poets

1612 – Born in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. She was one of the first poets to write English verse in the American colonies.

1628-1630 – She married Simon Bradstreet, another protégé of the earl’s, when she was 16, and two years later she, her husband, and her parents sailed with other Puritans to settle on Massachusetts Bay.

1650 – Bradstreet’s brother-in-law, without her knowledge, took her poems to England, where they were published as The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America.

1672 – Died on September 16th in Andover, Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1678 – The first American edition of The Tenth Muse was published in revised and expanded form as Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning.

1867 – A scholarly edition of her work was edited by John Harvard Ellis.

1956 – The poet John Berryman paid tribute to her in Homage to Mistress Bradstreet, a long poem that incorporates many phrases from her writings.