m. 25 Apr 1603
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Anne Bradstreet was the first notable American poet, and the first woman to become a published author in the American colonies.
She was the well-educated daughter of Thomas Dudley, the steward of the Earl of Lincoln. Her father and husband served as governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony following their arrival there during the initial settlement in 1630. She suffered poor health most her life, but bore 8 children and wrote a number of poems. The first collection was published by her brother-in-law John Woodbridge when he took a manuscript to London, without her permission, in 1647. More were published posthumously; some not until the mid 19th century.
Anne Bradstreet (born Anne Dudley; March 20, 1612 – September 16, 1672) was the most prominent of early English poets of North America and first female writer in the British North American colonies to be published. She was also a prominent Puritan figure in American Literature. Her first volume of poetry was The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, published in 1650. It was met with a positive reception in both the Old World and the New World.