Mary Webb

(1881—1927) novelist and poet

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novelist. Her works include The Golden Arrow (1916), Gone to Earth (1917), and The House in Dormer Forest (1920). They are tales of rustic life, romantic, passionate, morbid, and frequently naïve, written in a fervid prose easily ridiculed by Stella Gibbons in Cold Comfort Farm, but they nevertheless retain a certain emotional power. Stanley Baldwin wrote an introduction (1928) to a reprint of Precious Bane (1924), her most famous novel, praising her lyrical intensity, and her evocation of the Shropshire landscape.

Subjects: Literature.

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