Patricia Beer

(1924—1999) poet

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poet, the daughter of a railway clerk and a mother who was a member of the Plymouth Brethren; she describes her background vividly in her autobiographical Mrs Beer's House (1968). The legends and landscapes of the West Country also form the background for many of her poems (collections include The Loss of the Magyar, 1959; The Estuary, 1971; Driving West, 1975; Selected Poems, 1980), and her historical novel Moon's Ottery (1978) is set in Elizabethan Devon.

Subjects: Literature.

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