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Mary Maria Colling wrote at Tavistock, where she was employed as a domestic servant, in the earlier nineteenth century. Her poems were collected as Fables and other Pieces in Verse, her only published volume. Novelist Anna Eliza Bray encouraged her writing and made arrangements for the book's publication. In later years, Mary Maria Colling spent a short time in an asylum and died in relative obscurity at the age of forty-eight.
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20 August 1804 MMC, poet, was born at Tavistock in Devon, one of a large lower-class family. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
About 1825 MMC was inspired to pen her first poem—"On Creation"—after hearing the Rev. Edward Atkyns Bray preach a sermon on the "power of God manifested in the creation of the world." Bibliographic Citation link.
By 26 November 1831 MMC published (by subscription, arranged by Anna Eliza Bray) her first and only volume of poetry: Fables and other Pieces in Verse, with a portrait of the author. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 August 1853 MMC, poet, died in Tavistock from dropsy. Bibliographic Citation link.
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