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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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“A Vent for … Abundant Energies”

“A Vent for … Abundant Energies”

Georgia, 1855–1858

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Mary Edwards Bryan

Canter Brown

Larry Eugene Rivers

University Press of Florida

This chapter traces the years Mary resided with her family at Thomasville, Georgia, following her return from Louisiana with her son. Observing her depression and temporary inability to rise above the calamity of her marriage, the authors also look closely at the influences surrounding her as she cautiously began again to write essays and poetry. Particularly significant in Mary’s life at this time is the Penfield Georgia Temperance Crusader and its guiding spirits John Henry Seals and Mary Sanders Seals. She is also affected by a number of deaths, including that of first love Leon Bryan. The authors examine the personal goals Mary specifically develops through writing and editing, and they establish the beginnings of her key friendships with Virginia Smith French, Catherine Webb Barber (Towles), and Alexander H. Stephens, as well as her significant rivalry with poet Annie R. Blount.

Keywords:   Georgia Temperance Crusader, John Henry Seals, Mary Sanders Seals, Virginia Smith French, Catherine Webb Barber (Towles), Alexander H. Stephens, Annie R. Blount, writing, editing, friendships, rivalry, depression

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