September 16, 2012 - Anne Bradstreet Day


Today we honor the first female writer in the British North American colonies to be published. (September 16 was chosen because, although we are not sure of Anne Bradstreet's birthday, she died on this date in 1672.)

Bradstreet's poems were popular in both the Old and New World.

Bradstreet was born in England, and she was well-educated (we have to add here “for a woman”). She was married at age 16 and traveled to the Massachusetts Bay Colony with a group of Puritan emigrants, which included her husband and her parents, in 1630.

Bradstreet's family helped found the city of Boston and Harvard University.

Bradstreet unfortunately had poor health, but she managed to have eight children, move six times in order to further her husband's dreams, and still write a volume of poetry called The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America. This book was published in London in 1650.

In 1997, a gate in Harvard was named the Bradstreet Gate for Anne.

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This holiday begins this evening at sundown and ends the evening of Tuesday, September 18.

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