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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 Harvest of Fame”

“A Harvest of Fame”

Georgia, 1859–1860

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Mary Edwards Bryan

Canter Brown

Larry Eugene Rivers

University Press of Florida

This chapter offers Mary Bryan's introduction to full-time employment as a writer and editor with the Georgia Temperance Crusader after the journal's relocation to Atlanta. It covers not only her journalistic experience but also her introduction to the city and its literary scene, including personalities such as James Summerfield Slaughter, Maria Jourdan Westmoreland, Myron Napier Bartlett, and William Henry Peck. The authors follow the evolution of Mary’s career as she directs her ambition toward the New York Ledger and working for its famed publisher Robert Bonner. With the threat of civil war looming, Mary battles her father's objections to her working in the North, only to find that he has concluded an arrangement compelling her return to her husband in Louisiana. She takes with her only an agreement to write for the Georgia-based Southern Field and Fireside and its editor John Reuben Thompson.

Keywords:   Georgia Temperance Crusader, Antebellum Atlanta, James Summerfield Slaughter, Maria Jourdan Westmoreland, Myron Napier Bartlett, William Henry Peck, Robert Bonner, New York Ledger, Southern Field and Fireside, John Reuben Thompson

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