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Mary Webb

a.k.a. Mary Gladys (nee) Meredith

Author Code: EMMW

Born: Mar. 25, 1881 - Leighton, Shropshire, England

Died: Oct. 8, 1927 - St. Leonard's-on-Sea, Sussex, England

Educated at home by her father and her governess, Mary studied the classics and all of the great literature of her day. In 1895, she went to a Finishing School at Southport. Returning to Shropshire in 1896, Mary wrote poetry of her cherished Shropshire countryside and some minor plays for the amusement of her younger siblings. She contracted Graves' Disease when she was only 20 and she suffered for most of the remainder of her life. Graves, an incurable thyroid disorder, also had an effect on Mary's outward appearance such as protrusion of the eyes, which made her self-conscious and thus more of a recluse. She completed her first prose work, The Spring of Joy, a series of nature essays, while she was convalescing. However, it was not published until 1917. She moved to a village near Shrewsbury in 1902 and gradually recovered some of her strength over the next few years, but had a relapse when her father died in 1909. In 1910, she met Henry Webb, a teacher, and in 1912 they were wed. They moved to Weston-Super-Mare where she wrote her first novel, Golden Arrow, which she completed and published when they returned to Shropshire in 1916. In 1917, greatly affected by the carnage of the World War, in which she had three brothers at the front, she published Gone to Earth, which won critical if not popular acclaim. In 1920, she published The House in Dormer Forest, which was relatively successful. In 1921, her husband took a teaching position in London at the King Alfred School. Mary was not happy with the move to London, but her career was blossoming and the contacts she made there helped to further it. In 1924, her fifth novel, Precious Bane, won the Prix Femina award. By 1926, her health began to deteriorate and in 1927, while visiting her governess at a nursing home in St.Leonard's-on-Sea, she died at the age of only 46. She left her sixth novel, Armour Wherein He Trusted, unfinished at her death. Her other works include Seven For a Secret (1922) and Poems and the Spring of Joy (1929 posthumous).

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EMMW004 Gone to Earth 1917 184 665k eBook Download PDF - 'Gone to Earth' (EMMW004) Find a printed copy of Gone to Earth by Mary Webb at AbeBooks
EMMW002 The House in Dormer Forest 1920 152 624k eBook Download PDF - 'The House in Dormer Forest' (EMMW002) Find a printed copy of The House in Dormer Forest by Mary Webb at AbeBooks
EMMW003 Precious Bane 1924 168 680k eBook Download PDF - 'Precious Bane' (EMMW003) Find a printed copy of Precious Bane by Mary Webb at AbeBooks
EMMW005 Seven For a Secret 1922 175 659k eBook Download PDF - 'Seven For a Secret' (EMMW005) Find a printed copy of Seven For a Secret by Mary Webb at AbeBooks

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