Reblog from vanbytheriver

For today’s shindigger-showcase reblog (#7 of 14 days of reblogs) I’ve chosen this fantastic post from vanbytheriver. The quote chosen is excellent and she also shares the fascinating background story of the 17th century female author. There are many more excellent posts to read at this blog so I do hope you spare some time to visit and explore. Happy Sunday 🙂


For my final day of the 3 Quote Challenge, and maybe because it is snowing, I chose this quote from the earliest female published in both England and the New World.


Anne Dudley Bradstreet (1612-1672) was a Puritan poet whose intimate words were published in England by a brother-in-law, without her permission, as early as 1650.

Born in privilege, educated at Cambridge, married at 16 to a prominent soldier of Queen Elizabeth, she was among the first to sail to the new world.

Mother of 8, dedicated to husband and family in the tradition of her Puritan ethics, she wrote for herself and family, knowing she would never be well received by society as a serious writer.

She is often regarded as one of the first true American feminists.

In her time, a “Gentlewoman in those parts.”anne-bradstreet-title-page-granger

She writes, in “Prologue”:

I am obnoxious to each carping tongue
Who says my hand a needle better fits.

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