Anne Bradstreet ~ Puritan

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Anne Bradstreet ~ Puritan
• Anne Bradstreet was a “daddy’s girl”
• Being the apple of her father’s eye, he made sure she
received an education superior to that of most young
women of the time.
• When she was only 16, she married Simon Bradstreet who
had just graduated from Cambridge University.
• A year after their marriage, her husband was appointed to
assist in the preparations of the Massachusetts Bay
Company.
• The Bradstreets and Anne’s family (The Dudley’s) sailed
with Winthrop’s fleet on The Arbella.
Anne Bradstreet ~ Puritan
• Anne Fun Facts!!
• Anne was never very strong physically
• She had rheumatic fever as a child and as a result, suffered
recurrent periods of severe fatigue throughout her life
• Nevertheless, she risked death by childbirth eight times!
• Unknown to her, her brother-in-law, John Woodbridge, took a
manuscript of her poetry to England and had it published.
• It was called The Tenth Muse and was the first published volume
of poems written by a resident in the New World. It was widely
read.
• Bradstreet was an ambitious poet whose imagination was firmly
grounded in English religious, political, and cultural history.
• She was a firm believer in “the Puritan experiment in America”
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