Anne Lynch Botta (1815-1891)

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Anne Lynch Botta (November 11, 1815 - March 23, 1891) wrote poetry, newspaper travel letters, and critical articles for various magazines such as the New-York Mirror, The Gift, and the Diadem. After graduating from the Albany Female Academy, she taught at the Brooklyn Girls’ Academy. She published Poems in 1849, and edited an anthology, The Rhode Island Book (1841), and later with her husband hosted a salon which served to be a creative outlet for artists such as the then-unknown Edgar Allen Poe as well as Margaret Fuller, William Cullen Bryant, Helen Hunt Jackson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Horace Greeley, and Fanny Kemble. Her book A Handbook of Universal Literature(1860) was a popular textbook.

Botta lived in DC from 1850 to 1853, while serving as personal secretary to Senator Henry Clay. In middle age, she married a Dante Alighieri scholar who taught at New York University. After her death in 1891, her husband compiled her unpublished poems, along with letters and tributes, and published the posthumous Memoirs of Anne C. L. Botta: Written By Her Friends (1893).

from AND Beltway Poetry Quarterly:

written by Word Works intern Monica Root, September 2013, edited by Kim Roberts, January 2016

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