Mary A. Mann, author of There Are No Enemies: A Practical Philosophy of Life
Mary Anneeta Mann is descended from Australian pioneers. She obtained the B.A. with honors in English from Sydney University, M.A. in Drama from the University of California at Berkeley, and the Ph.D. in Communications and Drama from the University of Southern California.
Mary Mann's father was an 'original' ANZAC, a member of the Australian New Zealand Army Corps, who fought on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915 and throughout the Great War, or the First World War.
Children of Anzac were raised with a sense of intense privilege but also huge responsibility, as they represented the unborn progeny of their fathers' mates, those 'blood brothers' who died in that war to end all wars. Their covenant was broken in 1939 when the Second World War began.
A Practical Philosophy of Life is an attempt by an artist turned philosopher, to fulfil a promise made, and is a responsibility honored, to show that war of any kind is scientifically untenable.
Her book HUBRIS, The Construction of Tragedy accesses Aristotle's Science of Being Altogether through his Poetics in analyzing the tragedies, Antigone, King Lear, Hamlet, A Man for All Seasons, The Condemned of Altona and Murder in the Cathedral. ThuGun and Natasha is a play for youth audiences that addresses guns and violence in the lives of young people. Maria and the Comet, on the life of Maria Mitchell and The Round Table, which addresses the significance of the United Nations, also for youth audiences, are published in TWO FAMILY PLAYS. Science and Spirituality, co-edited with Rev. Leland Stewart and other compilers, cultivates the spirit of Unity and Diversity among the world's religions and spiritual groups. From Anzac to Understanding includes that play and historical documentation surrounding it, as well as original war letters.