Rufus W. As a child in a prosperous Massachusetts family, Mary Gowen Brooks impressed her parents and their friends with her uncanny skill at memorizing and reciting poetry. Betrothed to John Brooks upon the death of her father in , she moved with to Maine, where she lamented her own passionless marriage and fell in love with a Canadian army officer. She set sail for Cuba, where she had inherited a coffee plantation. The resulting work was the revealing romantic autobiography, Idomen: or, The Vale of Yumuri. Though Idomen appeared in installments in Boston's Saturday Evening Gazette , not even prestigious editor Rufus Griswold could find a publisher willing to print a complete single-volume edition of it, for while Griswold, Southey, and other critics praised her work as the most sophisticated of its genre and time, she never achieved a large popular audience. Having returned to Cuba upon the deaths of her son and stepson in , she died there two years later. Evert A. Duyckinck, eds. Cyclopaedia of American Literature , vol.
Abigail Gowen was born in Medford, Massachusetts , Her father was a man of literary tastes, and she was exposed to a lot of poetry at home. By age nine, she had memorized a large quantity of prose. Unfortunately, when Abigail was thirteen, her father died, bankrupt. She immediately came under the care of a Boston merchant named John Brooks. He was a man more than thirty years older than she was, to whom she had already been betrothed.
Stevenson and Daniel Moore. Stevenson released "My Maria" as a single in August , and the song became a Top 10 hit, peaking at number 9 on the US pop chart. It remained in the Top 40 for twelve weeks. In addition, "My Maria" spent one week at number 1 on the US adult contemporary chart. Their version of the song appears on their album Borderline , released in on Arista Records. In addition, their version was the number one country song of according to Billboard, and won the duo its second Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Vocal Group or Duo. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of April 6, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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