Anne Bradstreet’s Bible
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Critics have long assumed that Anne Bradstreet, the English poet and gentlewoman who emigrated to Massachusetts Bay Colony with her extended family in 1630, used the Geneva Bible (1560). Textual evidence from the writing that survives—The Tenth Muse (London, 1650), the posthumous Several Poems (Boston, 1678), and the collection known as the Andover manuscript—demonstrates that, although Bradstreet had access to the Geneva Bible, she preferred the language of the King James version (1611) and likely had a copy with her in Massachusetts.
Thickstun, Margaret Olofson, "Anne Bradstreet’s Bible" (2018). Hamilton Digital Commons.
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