Anne Bradstreet: A Guided Tour of the Life and Thought of a Puritan Poet

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Heidi Nichols
P&R Publishing


Anne Bradsteet (1612–1669) was America's first published poet. She lived in England and the Colonies during a remarkable historic period marked by civil and religious strife and political upheaval.

Bradstreet's life and work challenge stereotypes of Puritans, revealing her vibrant intellectualism and her outspoken love for her husband.

Pages: 216
Publication Date: January 2006
Topic: Art, Church History, Puritans

Table of Contents: 

Part One: Bradstreet and Her Work 
1. Pilgrim Poet: The Life of Anne Bradstreet
2. The Tenth Muse: Reading Anne Bradstreet

Part Two: Selected Works
3. Apprentice
4. Bard
5. Liver
6. Sufferer
7. Sage
8. Pilgrim


“This book does a masterful job of performing the task identified in the subtitle—it is a guided tour of the life and work of Anne Bradstreet, conducted by a wonderfully talented tour guide. For anyone wishing to acquire or renew an acquaintance with Anne Bradstreet, this is the book of choice.”  — Leland Ryken

“Puritan pioneer Anne Bradstreet, solid believer, ardent wife, faithful mother, wise woman, and gifted poetess, is a lady well worth meeting. Dr. Nichols arranges that meeting beautifully in these pages, and merits our gratitude for doing so.”  — J. I. Packer

“Nichols not only illuminates the poet’s life and social context, she makes it possible for a new generation to savor Anne Bradstreet’s own words and to share the sorrows, joy, and hope of her inner journey.”  — Charles Hambrick-Stowe