Natalia Tobar and Margaret Brueggeman


“Anne Bradstreet.”  Literature Resource Center.  Gale Group: 2003.                         After a brief biography, they analyze the pieces of Bradstreet’s first work, The Tenth Muse.  Based in this work, they conclude her thought, her evolution as poet and some biographical information.   It seems like a pretty accurate work.


Bradstreet, Anne.  A women’s Inner World: Selected Poetry and Pros of Anne Bradstreet.  Ed. Adelaide P. Amore.  University Press of America: Washington D.C., 1982.

Adelaide P. Amore analyses Anne’s poetry, through a feminist interpretation, suggesting that both Anne’s life and writings have a hidden feminist slant.


Bradstreet, Anne.  The Complete Works of Anne Bradstreet.  Ed. Joseph R. McElrath, Jr., and Allen P. Robb.  Twayne Publishers: Boston, 1981.

A compilation of Anne’s poetry and pros, which remain untouched by feminist biases.  This book also holds scholarly responses to her writings.  Also contained is a brief biography informing the reader of the time period, her life, and the society in which she lived.


Blackstock, Carrie Galloway.  Anne Bradstreet and Performativity: Self-Cultivation, Self-Deployment.  Early American Literature v.32 no3 p222-48, 1997.

This article explains how Anne lived as a woman in Colonial America.  While her words had to be carefully chosen and worded, the underlying meaning reveals her true thoughts on women exceeding their domestic roles.


Cowell, Pattie and Stanford, Anne.  Critical Essays on Anne Bradstreet.  G. K. Hall & Co.: Boston, 1983.

Very interesting collection of essays written in response to Bradstreet’s poetry and about her life.  Piece worth looking at carefully.


Fisher, Avery R.  “Bradstreet’s on my dear grandchild Simon Bradstreet and before the birth of on of her children.”  The Explicator.  Fall 2000 V. 59 no. 1 p. 11-14

Fisher expresses the tension between the two views of Bradstreet: a pious woman and a feminist.  For this analysis, she uses Milton’s Eve in Paradise.  It is an interesting article.


Harvard Ellis, John, ed.  The Works of Anne Bradstreet in Prose and Verse.  Charleston, 1867.

Poems written by Bradstreet.  The works reflect her thinking and experiences.


Piercy, Josephine.  Anne Bradstreet.  Twayne Publishers, Inc.: New York, 1965.

This book explores the life and works of Bradstreet.  The author is sympathetic to her, and she does a good job in the analysis of Bradstreet, as a woman and as a poet.


Rosenfeld, Alvin.  “Anne Bradstreet’s ‘Contemplations’: Patterns of Form and Meaning.”  The New England Quarterly.  Vol. 43.  No. 1 (Mar., 1970), 79-96.

Using the poem “Contemplations,” Alvin Rosenfeld analyses the form and the meaning of Bradstreet’s poetry, as well as the society of which she is a part.  Despite the fact that this is mainly a literary analysis, there are interesting sociological aspects that the author analyses.


Spencer, Luke.  “Mistress Bradstreet and Mr. Berryman: The Ultimate Seduction.”  American Literature, Vol. 66.  No. 2 (Jun., 1994), 353-366.                     

This article analyses the essay that Mr. Berryman wrote about Bradstreet.  It exalts the things that are accurately portrayed in the essay and it criticizes several points.   Moreover, it compares Berryman’s article with previous works by other writers on Bradstreet. 


Stanford, Anne.  Anne Bradstreet: Dogmatist and Rebel.  The New England Quarterly, Vol. 39, No.3, p. 373-389, 2003.

Stanford argues that a great struggle of internal strength is evident in the writings of early American writers.  Thus, through careful analysis of Anne Bradstreet’s writings, Anne Stanford detects this reoccurring pattern. The inner strength of Anne Bradstreet was being challenged constantly by the social pressures of the day.   


Stanford, Anne.  Anne Bradstreet: The Worldly Puritan.  Burt Franklin & Co.: 1974.

This book contains detail analysis of her poetry, and therefore, of her thinking and experiences.  It also has some interesting things such as the books that she might have been acquainted with and such.  Interesting work.