Anne Charlotte Lynch Botta

Anne Charlotte Lynch Botta
Anne Charlotte Lynch Botta

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Arts, Education, Writers

Notable Facts

Poet, sculptor and notable salon hostess who gathered together prominent authors and artists such as Edgar Allen Poe and Ralph Waldo Emerson every Saturday evening.

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Historical Significance

Anne Charlotte Lynch Botta was a poet, sculptor and salon hostess who gathered together notable authors and artists, such as Edgar Allen Poe and Ralph Waldo Emerson every Saturday evening.

Anne Lynch Botta was born in Bennington, Vermont to Patrick Lynch and Charlotte Gray. Patrick Lynch died at sea when Botta was four years old, so Charlotte and her two children, Anne and Thomas, moved to Hartford, Connecticut. Botta graduated from the Albany Female Academy in 1834 and stayed on at the school to teach. In 1838, she moved to Rhode Island where she taught the children of prominent families. While teaching, Botta edited "The Rhode Island Book" (1841), a collection of pieces by Rhode Island authors that included two of her own poems.

Botta taught at the Brooklyn Academy and published a volume of her poems in book form in 1949. She married Vincenzo Botta, an Italian Professor of Philosophy at the University of the City of New York (New York University) in 1855. In addition to writing poetry, critical essays, reviews, and magazine articles, Botta also wrote the textbook, "A Handbook of Universal Literature" (1860). Her other great passion in life was sculpting, and she created busts of many businessmen, poets, and politicians. A sculpture she did of Charles Butler was donated to New York University.

While living in Providence, Botta began to have regular Saturday evening salons in her home, where artists could meet and collaborate. This practice continued on her move to Manhattan in 1845. Notable people who attended her salons were Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allen Poe, William Cullen Bryant, Horace Greeley, Fanny Osgood, Julia Ward Howe, and Margaret Fuller. After her death in 1891, her husband collected correspondence, poems, and biographical information about her and published the book, "Memoirs of Anne C. L. Botta: Written by Her Friends". Many of those who attended her salons contributed information to the book about their good friend.


  • Teacher
  • Poet
  • Sculptor


  • Albany Female Academy, (1834).

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • The Memoirs of Anne Lynch Botta Link

  • Anne Charlotte Lynch Botta Papers Link

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Anne Lynch Botta
Anne Lynch Botta