Detail of a printed book shows worn papers and header text reading "An Anagram. Anna Bradestreate" and other text in English.
Detail of a worn title page shows printed text reading "The tenth muse lately sprung up in America. Or severall poems, compiled with great variety of wit and learning, full of delight." Decorative border also visible.
Detail of a worn page shows printed text dedicated to "Kind reader." John Carter Brown Library stamp in red ink visible at the top margin of the page.
Detail of a worn page shows Anne Bradstreet's hand-written signature.

The tenth muse lately sprung up in America

Anne Bradstreet

Anne (Dudley) Bradstreet (1612-1672) came to Massachusetts when she was eighteen years old. She was the first English woman in the Thirteen Colonies to publish a book of poems. Her poetry dealt largely with natural philosophy, physics and human nature. The originality of her most famous work The tenth muse lies in the personal nature of the poetry, focusing on her role as a mother, her struggles with the sufferings of life, and her Puritan faith. Printed in London, it was read widely both in the colonies as in England. The JCB also holds the second compilation of her poems, published shortly after her death in 1678.




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