Mary Rowlandson

Mary Rowlandson
1637 - 1710
Mary Rowlandson   Writer

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Birthday 30th November, 1636
Birthplace Somersetshire, England
Died 1710
Place of Death Massachusetts Bay Colony
Occupation Text American colonist
Occupation Writer

Mary Rowlandson, née White, later Mary Talcott (c. 1637 – January 5, 1711), was a colonial American woman who was captured by Native Americans in 1676 during King Philip's War and held for 11 weeks before being ransomed. In 1682, six years after her ordeal, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: Being a Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson was published. This text is considered a formative American work in the literary genre of captivity narratives. It went through four printings in 1682 and garnered readership both in the New England colonies and in England, leading some to consider it the first American "bestseller".

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