Anne Bradstreet

Bradstreet, Anne (Dudley)

Anne (Dudley) Bradstreet, c.1612–1672, early American poet, b. Northampton, England, considered the first significant woman author in the American colonies. She came to Massachusetts in the Winthrop Puritan group in 1630 with her father, Thomas Dudley, and her husband, Simon Bradstreet, both later governors of the state. A dutiful Puritan wife who raised a large family, she nevertheless found time to write poetry. In 1650 her first volume of verse appeared in London as The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America. It was followed by Several Poems (Boston, 1678), which contains "Contemplations," probably her best work. Her verses are often derivative and formal, but some are graced by realistic simplicity and genuine feeling.

See her works ed. by J. Hensley (1967, repr. 1981) and by J. R. McElrath et al. (1981); biographies by E. W. White (1971) and C. Gordon (2005); P. Crowell and A. Stanford, ed., Critical Essays on Anne Bradstreet (1983).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Advertising the Domestic: Anne Bradstreet's Sentimental Poetics
VanEngen, Abram.
Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, Vol. 28, No. 1, January 2011
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An American Triptych: Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, Adrienne Rich
Wendy Martin.
University of North Carolina Press, 1984
The Nightingale's Burden: Women Poets and American Culture before 1900
Cheryl Walker.
Indiana University Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "Methodology and Mystery: Anne Bradstreet"
American Women Writers to 1800
Sharon M. Harris.
Oxford University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Anne Dudley Bradstreet (1612-1672)" begins on p. 305
Reading Early Modern Women's Writing
Paul Salzman.
Oxford University Press, 2006
Librarian’s tip: "Anne Bradstreet: America's Tenth Muse" starts on p. 56
Puritanism in America, 1620-1750
Everett Emerson.
Twayne Publishers, 1977
Librarian’s tip: "Anne Bradstreet: The Tenth Muse" begins on p. 107
Authorizing Experience: Refigurations of the Body Politic in Seventeenth-Century New England Writing
Jim Egan.
Princeton University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Five "The Insignificance of Experience"
The Practice of Piety: Puritan Devotional Disciplines in Seventeenth-Century New England
Charles E. Hambrick-Stowe.
University of North Carolina Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: "Anne Bradstreet" begins on p. 13
Logonomic Conflict in Anne Bradstreet's "A Letter to Her Husband."
Scheick, William J.
Essays in Literature, Vol. 21, No. 2, Fall 1994
"Let No Man Know": Negotiating the Gendered Discourse of Affliction in Anne Bradstreet's "Here Followes Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House, July 10th, 1666"
Giffen, Allison.
Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, Vol. 27, No. 1, January 2010
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Almost a Golden World: Sidney, Spenser, and Puritan Conflict in Bradstreet's "Contemplations"
Oser, Lee.
Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 52, No. 3, Spring 2000
The Tenth Muses Lately Sprung Up in the Americas: The Borders of the Female Subject in Sor Juana's First Dream and Anne Bradstreet's "Contemplations"
Shimek, Suzanne.
Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, Vol. 17, No. 1, January 2000
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America's First Published Poet Raised 8 Children Too ; Mistress Bradstreet Met Tut-Tutters with What We Might Call a Stealth-Feminist Tactic
Marshall, Alexandra.
The Christian Science Monitor, April 19, 2005
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