Beyond Stateliest Marble: The Passionate Femininity of Anne Bradstreet  -     By: Douglas Wilson
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Beyond Stateliest Marble: The Passionate Femininity of Anne Bradstreet

Cumberland House Publishing / 2001 / Hardcover

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As was true of the seventeenth-century Puritans, Anne Bradstreet was a colorful, lively, passionate, artful, and delightful person who took great relish in life and reveled in the earthly manifestations of beauty, goodness, and truth. Born in Lincolnshire, England, she moved to the Massachusetts Bay Colony with her husband, Simon Bradstreet, in 1630. A Puritan through and through, she imbibed from the deep wells of Puritan thought all her life. She not only accepted the social, cultural, and political mores of those Puritan stalwarts without hesitation, she embraced them with gusto. It was within that context and out of that milieu that she produced America's first great literary works. "Beyond Stateliest Marble" affords us a fascinating glimpse into the life and labors of a gifted poet and a startling reassessment of the Puritan world and its impact on the founding of America. Thus it is a welcome addition to the annals of Christian moral philosophy and a resplendent reminder of this literary legacy.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Cumberland House Publishing
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 6.75 X 4.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1581821646
UPC: 610529002579
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Anne Bradstreet was born in 1612 to Thomas and Dorothy Dudley, a dedicated Puritan couple in Lincolnshire, England. She married Simon Bradstreet in 1628, and two years later the young family sailed for Massachusetts Bay. Her father and her husband subsequently served as governors of the new colony, but her enduring fame was to rest on her poetry, which she wrote regularly and circulated in her family for their private enjoyment.

In 1647 the Reverend John Woodbridge, her brother-in-law, sailed for England with a manuscript of Anne's poetry, unbeknownst to her. While there, he arranged to have the book published under the title of The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America.

When the book was presented to her after publication, Anne was thoroughly embarrassed but also pleased. Eventually she owned up to the volume as her rambling brat." Subsequent generations have valued her gifts as a poet, and her poetry remains in print to this day.

Beyond Stateliest Marble is a look at the personal qualities of Anne Bradstreet, the vibrant poetry she created, and her contributions to the way of life of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Even to those who know something of her, Anne Bradstreet remains an enigmatic figure. For one thing, there is no surviving portrait of her. To the modern mind she seems an odd combination -- a dedicated Puritan and a gifted poet."

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