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Anne Bradstreet, born and brought up in seventeenth-century England, is known as the earliest poet of North America. She was a skilled and ambitious practitioner of verse history and scholarly adaptation from classical authors, but is best remembered today for her personal lyrics. Her few prose works include a brief spiritual autobiography (almost a 'mother's legacy') and various meditations.
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1612 AB was born, probably in Northamptonshire, the eldest among five children.  Bibliographic Citation link.
1 July 1650 AB's brother-in-law the Rev. John Woodbridge, having travelled to London in 1647, entered her poems with the Stationers' Register. They appeared in print as The Tenth Muse on (according to George Thomason) 5 July. Bibliographic Citation link.
After 6 Sepember 1670 AB wrote her last known poem: "To the memory of my dear Daughter in Law, Mrs. Mercy Bradstreet". Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
16 September 1672 AB died, probably of tuberculosis, at Andover, Massachusetts, where she also was buried. Bibliographic Citation link.
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