Sukey Vickery

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Benjamin and Susannah Vickery had been residents of Leicester, Massachusetts, for four years when their second daughter was born on June 12, 1779. The couple named her Sukey, a shortened version of the name Susannah. Although little is known about her childhood, at the age of nine she was enrolled in Leicester Academy, where she took part in at least one “exhibition” of orations, poems, plays, and dialogues. Most likely she was also occupied with dances, visits to friends, and eventually courtship, and undoubtedly she also developed her considerable knowledge of British poetry while there.

Vickery’s own career as a published author began in 1801 with a poetic homage to outgoing President John Adams printed in …

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Slawinski, Scott. "Sukey Vickery". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 May 2010
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