Beatrice Webb

(1858—1943) social reformer and diarist

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married Sidney Webb (1859–1947), the son of a London shopkeeper, in 1892. Both were leading spirits in the Fabian Society, and they produced jointly numerous works on social history, served on many royal commissions, and helped to found the London School of Economics. Beatrice also wrote two autobiographical works (My Apprenticeship, 1926; Our Partnership, 1948), and kept a remarkable diary of which selections were published in 1952 and 1956, ed. M. Cole; the first volume of a fuller four‐volume edition, ed. N. and J. Mackenzie, appeared in 1982. These show the width of her human and intellectual interests and considerable literary skill, and are a valuable record of social life and progressive thought of the period.

Subjects: Literature.

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