Brooks, Maria Gowen
Brooks, Maria Gowen gou´ən [key], 1795?–1845, American poet, b. Medford, Mass. Her first collection of verse, Judith, Esther, and Other Poems (1820), was praised by Southey, who named her
Maria del Occidente,which she later used as a pseudonym. While living in Cuba she wrote the epic Zophiel; or, The Bride of Seven (1833) and Idomen; or, The Vale of Yumuri (1843). Her poetry, especially the Ode to the Departed (1843), was esteemed both in America and abroad.
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