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Anne Bradstreet
Nineteenth century depiction of Anne Bradstreet.  No portrait made during her lifetime exists.
Nineteenth century depiction of Anne Bradstreet. No portrait made during her lifetime exists.
Born Anne Dudley
(1612-03-20)March 20, 1612
Northampton, England
Died September 16, 1672(1672-09-16) (aged 60)
North Andover, Massachusetts
Occupation Poet
Language English
Nationality British
Spouse
Simon Bradstreet (m. 1628)

Anne Bradstreet (née Dudley; March 20, 1612 – September 16, 1672) was the most prominent of early English poets of North America and first writer in England's North American colonies to be published. She is the first Puritan figure in American Literature and notable for her large corpus of poetry, as well as personal writings published posthumously.

Born to a wealthy Puritan family in Northampton, England, Bradstreet was a well-read scholar especially affected by the works of Du Bartas. Married at 16, her parents and young family migrated at the time of the founding of Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630. A mother of eight children and the wife and daughter of a public officials in New England, Bradstreet wrote poetry in addition to her other duties. Her early works read in the style of Du Bartas, but her later writings develop into her unique style of poetry which centers on her role as a mother, her struggles with the sufferings of life, and her Puritan faith. Her first collection, The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, was widely read in America and England.

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