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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor

Richard Steere
(1643?-1721)
Steere was born to a clothworker at Chertsey, Surrey (about twenty miles north of London), and educated at a local singing school and then at a Latin grammar school. Apprenticed to the cordwainer’s trade in London, Steere became a staunch Whig and avoided Charles II’s suppression of Whigs by taking ship to New England in 1683. He settled in New London, Connecticut, where he became a merchant, but soon moved to Southold, Long Island, to protest local persecution of Quakers. His major work, The Daniel Catcher (1713), was an anti-Catholic answer to John Dryden’s Absalom and Achitophel. Steere’s verse has an unusual range and quality among early Anglo-American poets.




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On a Sea-Storm nigh the Coast (1700)

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