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Mary Bryan was a remarkable and unusual Romantic poet, though her output is so slim. The same emotionalism of style informs her surviving letters, though it is a less successful element in prose. Her last work was a new departure: a novel.
15 June 1780 Mary Langdon (later MB) was born (according to anthologist Andrew Ashfield) the eldest of three sisters and a brother, at North Petherton in the Sedgemoor area of Somerset, where she grew up. Bibliographic Citation link.
1804 MB assigns this date to a poem which appears to speak of her own love-experience under the name of 'Emma'. Bibliographic Citation link.
Early 1829 MB published through Whittaker a three-volume novel entitled Longhollow; A Country Tale; on the title-page she used both her married names: 'Mrs Bryan Bedingfield'. Bibliographic Citation link.
29 September 1838 Mary Bedingfield (formerly Bryan) died at Stowmarket in Suffolk. The Ipswich Journal reported her death a week later.
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