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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