↦ Format Kindle Download @A Jury of Her Peers: Celebrating American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx ⣟ Kindle Author Elaine Showalter ⤸ ↦ Format Kindle Download @A Jury of Her Peers: Celebrating American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx ⣟ Kindle Author Elaine Showalter ⤸ IA New Literature Springs Up in the New WorldFrom the very beginning, women were creating the new words of the New World The first women writers in America, Anne Bradstreet 16121672 and Mary Rowlandson 16371711 , were born in England and endured the harrowing three month voyage of storm, seasickness, and starvation across the North Atlantic In Massachusetts, where they settled, they led lives of extraordinary danger and deprivation Both married and had children they thought of themselves primarily as good wives and mothers Both made the glory of God their justification for writing, but they prefigured themes and concerns that would preoccupy American women writers for the next 150 years and Bradstreet, the poet, writing about the intimacies and agonies of domestic life, including pregnancy and maternity, the death of three of her grandchildren, and the destruction of her home by fire and Rowlandson, writing a narrative of her captivity by Narragansett Indians, and pioneering the great American theme of interracial experience in the encounter with Native American culture.Both Bradstreet and Rowlandson entered print shielded by the authorization, legitimization, and testimony of men In Bradstreets case, no fewer than eleven men wrote testimonials and poems praising her piety and industry, prefatory materials almost as long as the thirteen poems in the book In his introductory letter, John Woodbridge, her brother in law, stood guarantee that Bradstreet herself had written the poems, that she had not initiated their publication, and that she had neglected no housekeeping chore in their making these Poems are the fruit but of some few houres, curtailed from her sleep and other refreshments Rowlandsons narrative too came with a preface to the reader signed Per Amicum By a Friend , probably the minister Increase Mather, which explained that although the work had been penned by this Gentlewoman, she had written it as a Memorandum of Gods dealing with her, and it was a pious scope, which deserves both commendation and imitation The author had not sought publication of her narrative out of vanity rather, some Friends having obtained a sight of it, could not but be so much affected with the many passages of working providence discovered therein, as to judge it worthy of publick view, and altogether unmeet that such works of God should be hid from present and future Generation and therefore though this Gentlewomans modesty would not thrust it into the Press, yet her gratitude to God, made her not hardly perswadable to let it pass, that God might have his due glory, and others benefit by it as well as her selfe.Having given a lengthy defense of the virtues of the book, the Friend concluded with the hope that none will cast any reflection upon this Gentlewoman, on the score of this publication, and warned that any who did may be reckoned with the nine Lepers, symbols of ingratitude Apparently no one dared come forward to complain about Rowlandson after this endorsement.We know that New England Puritans in the seventeenth century believed that men were intellectually superior to women, and that God had designed it so They were notoriously unsympathetic to women who defied Gods plan for the sexes by conspicuous learning or reading, and they could be hostile to women who went outside their sphere by preaching or writing The most official expression of this hostility was the trial of Anne Hutchinson in 1637 Hutchinson belonged to a dissident sect, but she had also been leading her own discussion groups for women Tried for traducing the ministers and for blasphemy while she was pregnant with her fifteenth child, Hutchinson was excommunicated and forced to leave the Massachusetts Bay Colony, with her husband and children The entire Hutchinson family, with the exception of one daughter, were killed by Indians in 1643 In 1645, when Ann Yale Hopkins, the wife of Governor Edward Hopkins of Hartford, became insane, John Winthrop blamed her giving herself wholly to reading and writing, rather than the hardships of colonial life, for her breakdown If she had attended to her household affairs, and such things as belong to women, and not gone out of her way and calling to meddle such things as are proper for men, whose minds are stronger she had kept her wits.Despite these instances, the shared hardships of life in the New World gave women an existential equality with men that allowed Bradstreet and Rowlandson self expression Both men and women shared cold and hunger, faced disease and death, and risked captivity and massacre Almost two hundred members of the Massachusetts Bay Colony died during the first year Women had to do the hard physical labor of cooking, baking, cleaning, dairying, spinning, weaving, sewing, washing, and ironing They endured the dangers of childbirth in the wilderness, nursed babies, and often buried them While in strict religious terms goodwives were not supposed to trespass on the masculine sphere of literary expression, in reality there was flexibility and tolerance As two of her modern editors observe, Bradstreet was not censured, disciplined, or in any way ostracized for her art, thought, or personal assertiveness, so far as we know Rather, she was praised and encouraged and there are no indications that the males in her life treated her as property If anything, she was treated as at least an intellectual equal.1A Poet Crowned with ParsleyAnne BradstreetAnne Bradstreets The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America 1650 was the first book by a woman living in America, although it was actually published in London and entered in the Stationers Register Bradstreet wrote with both an awareness of her gender, and a sense of rootedness in New England Puritan culture Adrienne Rich has paid tribute to her achievement and summed up her inspiring example for future American women poets Anne Bradstreet happened to be one of the first American women inhabiting a time and place in which heroism was a necessity of life, and men and women were fighting for survival both as individuals and as a community To find room in that life for any mental activity was an act of great self assertion and vitality To have written poems while rearing eight children, lying frequently sick, keeping house at the edge of the wilderness, was to have managed a poets range and extension within confines as severe as any American poet has confronted.2But Bradstreet was much than a heroic female survivor who courageously managed to compose poetry in her spare time She was also a strong, original poet whose work can be read today with enjoyment and emotion, a woman who wrote great poems expressing timeless themes of love, loss, doubt, and faith Despite her strict Puritan beliefs, she had wit and a sense of humor And while she dutifully imitated the prevailing models of male poetic excellence, from Sir Philip Sidney to the French Protestant poet Guillaume Du Bartas whose huge unfinished epic of the Creation was among the Puritans most revered texts , she also explored some of the most central issues for the development of American womens writinghow to make domestic topics worthy of serious literature, and how to use strong and memorable language without ceasing to be womanly.We dont know all the facts of Anne Bradstreets life, but what we do know suggests that growing up in England she began to think of herself as a poet from an early age While her brother went to Cambridge, she was tutored in Greek, Latin, French, and Hebrew by her father, Thomas Dudley, the steward to the Earl of Lincoln, and had access to the earls large library She had begun to compose her own poems by the time she was sixteen, when she married twenty five year old Simon Bradstreet, a graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, who had assisted her father in his stewardship The marriage was a love match, and indeed Bradstreet would dedicate to Simon one of the most beautiful poems a woman ever wrote about her husband.In early April of 1630, the Bradstreets and the Dudleys were among the Puritan members of the New England Company who embarked on a three month voyage to America on the Arbella, the flagship of a little fleet of four vessels Another passenger, John Winthrop, who would become the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, preached a famous sermon to the pilgrims aboard, declaring that God was supporting their expedition, and that their settlement would be like a Citty upon a Hill, with the eyes of all people upon them But when they arrived in Salem on June 12, 1630, they discovered that disease and starvation had decimated the small Bay Colony, and many among their own numbers died in the first weeks The Salem settlers had been living in caves, huts, and wigwams, and had not even been able to plant crops For the next few years the pioneers battled to survive, eating clams, mussels, nuts, and acorns building shelters and facing cold, hunger, and illness as well as anxiety and homesickness.Both Bradstreets father and her husband served as governors of the struggling colony For the difficult first five years of their marriage, Anne was unable to have a child In her journal she confessed It pleased God to keep me a long time without a child, which was a great grief to me, and cost me many prayers and tears before I obtaind one, and after him gave me many She also became ill and was bedridden for several months in 1632 with fever and coughing When she recovered, she wrote her first poem, Upon a Fit of Sickness, thanking God for his mercy in sparing her life And the following year, she gave birth to her first son, Samuel.Anne Hutchinson came to New England in 1634, and Bradstreet witnessed the events of her rise and fall But as Charlotte Gordon points out, ironically, Mistress Hutchinsons downfall ushered in the most fertile decade of Anne Bradstreets lifefertile in every sense of the word Already the mother of a son and a daughter, Bradstreet gave birth to five children during these years From 1638 to 1648, she also wrote than six thousand lines of poetry, than almost any other English writer on either side of the Atlantic composed in an entire lifetime For most of this time, she was either pregnant, recovering from childbirth, or nursing an infant, establishing herself as a woman blessed by God, the highest commendation a New England Puritan mother could receive.3The poems Bradstreet was writing were intellectual and scholarly, formally influenced by English and European masters But she was aroused and provoked by the great political events taking place in England in the 1640s, particularly the English Civil War, which led to the execution of Charles I Five thousand of the six thousand lines of poetry she composed during the decade came from her long poem in heroic couplets, The Four Monarchies, in which she chronicled the pre Christian empires of Assyria, Persia, Greece, and Rome, examining the legitimacy of kings and emperors These were not the standard subjects of pious womens verse, and in a Prologue to her poems, Bradstreet protected herself from criticism by insisting that she was a modest woman who had no intention of competing with male epic poets To sing of wars, of captains, and of kings, Of cities founded, commonwealths begun, For my mean pen are too superior things Let poets and historians set these forth, My obscure lines shall not so dim their worth.Like English women poets of her time, such as Anne Finch and Anne Killigrew, she emphasized her inferiority and temerity in writing at all, calling her Muse foolish, broken, blemished While men rightly contended for fame and precedence, Bradstreet flatteringly claimed, she was content with her humble domestic niche, and her poems would make those of her male contemporaries look even impressive If eer you deign these lowly lines your eyes, Give thyme or Parsley wreath, I ask no Bayes This mean and unrefined ore of mine Will make your glistring gold but to shine.Instead of striving for the bay or laurel wreath, she asked only for a wreath of parsley and thyme, kitchen herbs rather than Parnassian prizes Bradstreet was the Poet Parsleyate, the woman poet whose domestic work enabled the leisured creativity of men but her imagery of the humble kitchen of Parnassus would be echoed in many heartfelt cries by the American women writers who came after her.The humility of these lines, however, was balanced by her request for men to give women poets the space and the chance they deserved Men have precedency and still excel, It is but vain unjustly to wage war Men can do best, and Women know it well Preeminence in all and each is yours Yet grant some small acknowledgment of ours.In 1649, Bradstreets brother in law, the Reverend John Woodbridge, who was in England acting as a clerical adviser to the Puritan army, arranged to have her poems published by a bookseller in Popes Head Alley, London, under the title The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, or Severall Poems, compiled with great variety of Wit and Learning, full of delight. As the cover went on to explain, the book included a complete discourse and description of the Four Elements, Constitutions, Ages of Man, Seasons of the Year and an Exact Epitome of the Four Monarchies Also a Dialogue between Old England and New, concerning the late troubles, with divers other pleasant and serious Poems In his prefatory verse, To my Dear Sister, the Author of These Poems, he congratulated her on her achievements What you have done, the Sun shall witnesse bear, That for a womans Worke tis very rare And if the Nine vouchsafe the Tenth a place, I think they rightly may yield you that grace.In England, The Tenth Muse was well received as evidence of the genius of the woman of the New World, and became one of the most vendible, or best selling, books of the period, at the top of the list with Shakespeare and Milton In New England, it was widely read and esteemed.4 From the Hardcover edition.Exhilarating, provocative, revelatory, magisterial The celebrated get their due and so do the forgotten SlateA work of astonishing vision, breadth, intelligence, and audacity Sure to be required reading for all who have an interest in American literary history Joyce Carol Oates A grand new work of literary history A critical standout Showalter opines with zest on the personalities and books of the writers here I do relish her critical gusto and guts She has inspired me.Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air, National Public RadioRemarkable A Jury of Her Peers does an enormous service, houses a drop dead reading list and gives the reader a fluid framework for the great much of it still undiscovered wealth of writing by women in this country The Los Angeles TimesImpressively researched Generous, thought provoking Showalter is less polarized and nuanced than other feminist critics of her generation She is a lively and incisive guide, the perfect Virgil for our quest The Washington PostEnlightening the book may be dipped into at any chapter with much reward Showalter captures so well, often in just a few paragraphs, the image of the women she writes about Reading A Jury of Her Peers is not only an education in literary history, it is eminently satisfactory intellectual nourishment 4 out of 4 stars Free Press A vast democratic volume Vivid extremely readable and enlightening Her short, incisive biographies offer a glimpse into the exotic travails of the past and the eternal concerns of female experience A ranging, inclusive history likely to become an important and valuable resource for anyone interested in womens history The New York Times Book ReviewA delicious compendium, a book that belongs in literature courses, of course, but also in writerly libraries and in the hands of anyone who enjoys reading about writers lives Essential Barnes Noble ReviewClear sighted, ambitious minutely researched and rich with opinion, anecdotes, samples, and interpretation Monumental ElleAbsorbing excellent insightful the prose is so good that the 500 plus page book also works as an absorbing cover to cover read Showalter does not try to force any of these writers into uncomfortable slots in any kind of artificial female pantheon These writers are all individuals, and Showalter treats them as such The Christian Science MonitorElaine Showalter has delivered the first literary history of American women ever published, and the result is a riveting journey with scarcely a becalmed page rich, readable an immensely valuable work vibrant regardless of where one dips in The Seattle TimesAccessible and readable Brimming with wit and insight This monumental book will greatly enrich our understanding of American literary history and our culture Tuscon Citizen, Recommended New TitleShowalter may have written the perfect book group book Not only is it fascinating on its own, but it also opens up possibilities for decades of further reading Like a raucous party, with some squabbling going on in the darker corners Showalters prose is lively, and she has no problem 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