Anne Bradstreet was 18 when she came to Massachusetts from England in 1630.
While raising eight children and doing all the work of a female settler, she wrote her poems.
In 1650, without her consent, her brother-in-law took some of her poems to London and had them published. This volume, The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, was the first book published by an American woman.
Another book of her poems was published after her death.
In one poem, to her husband, she wrote: “If ever two were one then surely we. / If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.”