Webb, Mary

  • N. WalkerEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02721-6_203-1

Definition

Mary Webb, christened Mary Gladys Meredith (25 March 1881–8 October 1927), was born in Leighton, Shropshire, England. Her most famous novel was Precious Bane (1924) which won the prestigious literary prize Prix Femina Vie Heureuse, for 1924–1925. She wrote six novels in total (one of which was unfinished) including Gone to Earth (1916) which was made into a Technicolor film in 1950. She also wrote poetry, short stories, and nature essays. She lived most of her life within the county of Shropshire and set all of her novels there. Interest in her novels grew after the Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, praised her work in a Royal Literary Fund speech on April 25, 1928. The Mary Webb Society was set up in 1972 to honor the memory of Mary Webb and to further the reading and appreciation of her work.

Introduction

Mary Webb, christened Mary Gladys Meredith (25 March 1881–8 October 1927), was born in Leighton, Shropshire, England. Her most famous novel was Precious Bane(1924) which...

Keywords

Mary Webb Shropshire Novels Poetry Nature London Place 
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References

  1. Addison, Hilda. 1931. Mary Webb. London: Cecil Palmer.Google Scholar
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  9. ———. 1931b. The house in dormer Forest. London: Jonathan Cape.Google Scholar
  10. ———. 1948. Poems and the spring of joy. London: Jonathan Cape.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of ChesterCheshireUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Emily Morris
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  1. 1.St. Thomas More CollegeUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada