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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Anne Bradstreet: Selected full-text books and articles

Advertising the Domestic: Anne Bradstreet's Sentimental Poetics By VanEngen, Abram Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, Vol. 28, No. 1, January 2011
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The Nightingale's Burden: Women Poets and American Culture before 1900 By Cheryl Walker Indiana University Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "Methodology and Mystery: Anne Bradstreet"
American Women Writers to 1800 By 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 By Paul Salzman Oxford University Press, 2006
Librarian’s tip: "Anne Bradstreet: America's Tenth Muse" starts on p. 56
Puritanism in America, 1620-1750 By 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 By 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 By 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." By 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" By 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" By 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" By Shimek, Suzanne Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, Vol. 17, No. 1, January 2000
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