Essay .................... Rewriting Elizabeth A Life Lost (and Found) in the Annals of Bryce Mental Hospital by Lindsay Byron Elizabeth Glynn Griffitts's is the story of an inconvenient woman conveniently named insane in the 1920s Deep South, sentenced to complete her life within the walls of an insane asylum that reflected in microcosm the fears and desires of the larger culture it occupied. Elizabeth Glynn, ca. 1905, in Cairo, Illinois, courtesy of Susan Dickson. For most of my youth, Elizabeth Glynn Griffitts (my paternal grandmother) was a hushed subject. I distinctly remember a gathering at my Aunt Janet's home when I was about thirteen. It was the first time I had ever seen a photograph of Elizabeth. She was regal, dressed in turnof-the-century finery: long lace dress and hat. She was driving a one-horse decorated carriage, whip and reins in hand. I looked at her confident face, with her proud expression, and realized a connection that speaks to me to this very day, almost a half century later. For much of my adult life I have felt a desire--no, a compulsion--to tell Elizabeth's story. I simply feel I owe it to her. I think about all of the
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: May 11, 2014
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