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Mary Edwards BryanHer Early Life and Works$
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Canter Brown Jr. and Larry Eugene Rivers

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061146

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061146.001.0001

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“More Poetical Than True”

“More Poetical Than True”

Florida, 1842–1850

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Mary Edwards Bryan

Canter Brown

Larry Eugene Rivers

University Press of Florida

This chapter details early childhood influences on Mary Edwards Bryan in Florida's Jefferson and Gadsden Counties. It examines the collapse of her family's plantation life, her schooling, her loneliness, and her childhood fantasies and relations. It casts a critical eye on her parents, noting her father's involvement in possible fraud and questionable political dealings and the possibility that her mother suffered from mental illness. It establishes her lifelong interest in reading, acting and the stage, trees, the Gulf of Mexico, the Ochlockonee River, ghosts and hauntings. It also examines the influence of slaves and slave culture on Bryan's life.

Keywords:   fraud, mental illness, childhood fantasies, Jefferson County, Gadsden County, Ochlockonee river, slaves, slave culture

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