was one of our earliest feminists and the first true poet in the American colonies. This collection of her extant poetry and prose, scrupulously edited by , has long been the standard edition of Bradstreet’s work. Hensley’s introduction sketches the poet’s life, and ’s foreword offers a sensitive critique of Bradstreet as a person and as a writer. The John Harvard Library edition includes a chronology of Bradstreet’s life and an updated bibliography.
Jeannine Hensley is former Assistant Professor of English at Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts.
Adrienne Rich is one of America’s most distinguished poets. Her work has been translated into many languages and she has received numerous awards, including the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, the Bollingen Prize in American Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award.