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

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Anne Bradstreet (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.

Table of Contents:

Part 1: Bradstreet and Her Work

1. Pilgrim Poet: The Life of Anne Bradstreet

2. The Tenth Muse: Reading Anne Bradstreet

Part 2: Selected Works of Anne Bradstreet

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 book's subtitle—it is a guided tour of the life and work of Anne Bradstreet, conducted by a wonderfully talented tour guide. This edition of the poet's poetry and prose does everything right: it provides a full introduction to the poet and her times, it includes an enticing array of illustrations from the poet's era, it presents the individual poems and prose pieces in a reader-friendly form with brief introductions to each text, and it includes a nicely selective bibliography of sources at the end. For anyone wishing to acquire or renew an acquaintance with Anne Bradstreet, this is the book of choice." - Leyland Ryken, Wheaton College

"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." - Dr. J. I. Packer, Regent College

"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, Northern Seminary, Lombard, Illinois


Heidi L. Nichols is Assistant Professor of English at Lancaster Bible College. Ph.D. Literature and Criticism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. She and her husband Steve have two children.