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Susan Lenoe as Anne BradstreetAnne Bradstreet

September 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Anne Bradstreet was the first published poet of North America. In 1630, eighteen-year-old Anne sailed with her husband and other Puritans, including John Winthrop, to the wild shores and forests of New England. In 1646, the Bradstreets became first settlers and founders of the new town of Andover.

Susan Lenoe enacts the mature Bradstreet as she looks back on her tumultuous life, one in which she raised eight children, wrote hundreds of pages of poetry, and supported her husband, Simon Bradstreet, in his public life as secretary and deputy governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. After Anne Bradstreet died in 1672, Simon went on to serve twice as governor of the colony.

The story of Bradstreet's life portrays a courageous and gifted woman and throws light on the history of this very early period of life in America.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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