Born in Northampton, England, Anne Bradstreet and her husband Simon Bradstreet immigrated to America in 1630 on the ship Arbella with a group of Puritan emigrants. Upon their arrival in Massachusetts, Simon took a government position in Boston.
Despite difficult living conditions in colonial America and Bradstreet’s own health problems, she and her husband had a strong relationship and raised a family of eight children. Since her husband often traveled for work, Bradstreet turned to reading and poetry as a coping mechanism for her loneliness and as an artistic outlet. She kept her poetry secret to avoid social exile faced by outspoken educated women in her conservative community.
Her brother-in-law John Woodbridge discovered her writing and had her poetry published in England in 1650 to much success.
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