Anne (Dudley) Bradstreet (1612-1672)- Anne's poetry book was first published in England without her permission at the hands of her brother-in-law John Woodbridge in 1650. It was titled The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up Lately in America, By a Gentle Woman of Those Parts. This made her the first published American woman, and even further the first American poet.
Anne (Dudley) was born in 1612 in Northampton, England the daughter of Thomas Dudley & Dorothy Yorke. Governor Thomas Dudley was the second governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. She married Simon Bradstreet at the age of 16. They emigrated in 1630 on the ship Arabella. Facing challenges of sickness, fire, loneliness and loss, Anne Bradstreet carried on through it all with the muse of her loving husband and children. She died Sep 16 1672 in Andover, MA a60. Her burial site is unknown, and no true portrait of her exists, though she has inspired many an artist over the centuries to render an imaginary likeness.
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