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Anne Charlotte Lynch Botta
Birth: Nov. 11, 1815
Bennington
Bennington County
Vermont, USA
Death: Mar. 23, 1891
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Literary Figure. A respected author and critic, she is better remembered for the New York salon she ran for many years. The child of a father who had been kicked-out of Ireland as a political rebel and a mother with direct ties to the American Revolution, she was raised initially in Bennington then moved with her mother to Hartford, Connecticut, following her father's 1819 death in a shipwreck. Anne attended the Albany Female Academy where she remained as a teacher following her 1834 graduation then in 1838 relocated to Providence, Rhode Island, where she taught while working on her first literary effort "The Rhode Island Book" (1841). An 1845 meeting with actress Fanny Kemble led her into the circle of the literary elite; relocating with her mother to Manhattan she began teaching at the Brooklyn Girls Academy and opened her home on West 37th. Street to many noted personages of the day. Anne was to play hostess to Edgar Allan Poe's first public reading of "The Raven" and was do develop a friendship with the troubled genius during his time in New York; she saw her own pieces published in several magazines, released a volume of poetry in 1848, and was to welcome Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, William Cullen Bryant, Horace Greeley, Daniel Webster, Helen Hunt Jackson, and many others into her home, her gatherings remarked upon for the respect shown to all present. During her years in New York she also taught at Madame Deborah Greland's French School in Philadelphia where she numbered among her students noted Southern author Sarah Dorsey and future Confederate First Lady Varina (Howell) Davis. While on an 1853 trip to Europe she met Italian academic Vincenzo Botta whom she was to wed in 1855 and who was to be a full partner in her career. Anne was a noted portrait sculptor, published "Handbook of Universal Literature" (1860) which served as a college text for more than 50 years, and in her later years assisted in the 1889 founding of New York's Barnard College and established a prize given every fifth year by the Academie Francaise for an essay on "The Condition of Women". Despite urging Anne never penned an autobiography but following her death from pneumonia Botta gathered a number of pieces which were published as an 1893 posthumous memoir. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
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Woodlawn Cemetery
Bronx
Bronx County
New York, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Jan 30, 2012
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Anne Charlotte <i>Lynch</i> Botta
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