Ann Eliza Bleecker

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Born into a prominent New York City family in October 1752, Ann Eliza Schuyler was the youngest child of Brandt and Margareta Van Wyck Schuyler. Although apparently indifferent to school, the young Ann Eliza was passionately fond of books, reading and writing well ahead of her age group. Her interest in the printed word early on led her to writing poetry, but she often destroyed her work shortly after its composition without even showing it to intimate friends. As a result, her extant works all date from after her 1769 marriage to John. J. Bleecker. Married life for the seventeen-year-old Ann Eliza meant moving first to Poughkeepsie and then to Tomhanick, New York, an isolated frontier town located eighteen miles north of Albany. …

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Citation:
Slawinski, Scott. "Ann Eliza Bleecker". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 June 2009
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