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Webb, Mary 1881-1927

Works: 329 works in 1,598 publications in 6 languages and 12,537 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Musical settings  History  Biographies  Poetry  Religious fiction  Bibliography  Romance fiction  Domestic fiction 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Lyricist, Other, Scribe
Classifications: PR6045.E2, 823.912
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Precious bane by Mary Webb( Book )

317 editions published between 1900 and 2020 in 7 languages and held by 2,474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story is set in rural Shropshire shortly after the Napoleonic Wars. It is narrated by the central character, Prue Sarn, whose life is blighted by having a harelip. Only the weaver, Kester Woodseaves, perceives the beauty of her character, but Prue cannot believe herself worthy of him. Her brother Gideon is overridingly ambitious to attain wealth and power, regardless of who suffers while he does so. Gideon is set to wed his sweetheart Jancis, but he incurs the wrath of her father, the cruel and scheming self-proclaimed wizard Beguildy. An act of vengeance by Beguildy makes Gideon reject Jancis and tragedy overwhelms them both. Prue is wrongly accused of murder and set upon by a mob, but Kester defies them and carries Prue away to the happiness she believed she could never possess because of her harelip. --
Gone to earth by Mary Webb( Book )

137 editions published between 1917 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A girl, Hazel Woodus, a clergyman, Edward Marston and a squire, Jack Reddin are bound together by love, lust and ignorant superstition. Hazel is portrayed as a child of nature, close to the earth and its flora and fauna. There are many dire warnings about what will happen to her if she is torn from these. Unfortunately she is very beautiful and forthright and innocent so the clergyman marries her when, to our modern eyes, she is uncomfortably young. There are long passages of elaborate metaphor and mysticism, and a melodramatic ending
The golden arrow by Mary Webb( Book )

120 editions published between 1916 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He knew now that neither the wilderness nor the dark weather, devils, nor the infinite void, mattered to him in the least. His love for Deborah made him impregnable to terror, gave him a grasp of truth deeper than reason. He had found the golden arrow, to his own agony and ennobling." At the very beginning of the twentieth century, Deborah Arden is living with her father John, mother Patty and younger brother Joe in their cottage high up on the exposed moorland hilltops of Shropshire. Their farm, High Leasowes, is given over to the sheep her father cares for with great tenderness. Their life is simple and elemental, and their concerns are those of the people of the land. Nature rules their world, and they respond by working alongside its almost unanswerable power, sometimes willingly, sometimes not. John works with fate, gently understanding all around him, be they supposedly bad or good, with the utmost care. Patty's argumentative practicality rankles against his easefulness, but she also works with nature, as busy midwife to all the women around the district. Joe is a straightforward lad, happy with a comfortable home, work in the fields that he knows, and the gorgeous blonde, Lily Huntbatch, from the village of Bitterley close by. Deborah is a lively intelligent young woman, gossiping with her best friend Lily, lovingly tending the animals with her father, helping her mother at home, and wondering about love. Then the family hears news that one of the young miners from the works up near the peaks has taken on the job of preacher at their local church. They all go to hear Stephen Southernwood the following Sunday, and most of the family and the local villagers are quietly inspired. For Deborah though, it is as if a bomb has dropped. Her naïve questions about love have been resoundingly answered. Now begins a journey of ecstasy, discovery and pain which will affect the whole Arden family and all around it, a wild journey where not only love is at stake, but life itself. Mary Webb is one of the most misunderstood of twentieth century writers. Dismissed as a rustic, pilloried as a romantic, she has been consistently undervalued. In fact, she writes mostly of the soul, expressing inherent truths in original and tender ways
Seven for a secret by Mary Webb( Book )

85 editions published between 1922 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gillian Lovekin, egotistic, ambitious farmer's daughter is in love, though she does not know it, with the cowman-shepherd, but she yields to a "man without a past". Written with imaginative energy and poetic intensity of emotion this is a tale of the conflict between light and the powers of darkness
The house in Dormer Forest by Mary Webb( Book )

74 editions published between 1920 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Class and generational conflict between aging parents and their adult children in Shropshire during the Edwardian age. The young men also vie for the affections of a manipulative cousin, and their sisters search for love from a limited universe of available men"--Summary taken from later edition
Armour wherein he trusted, a novel and some stories by Mary Webb( Book )

41 editions published between 1928 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Amour Wherein He Trusted" ... is a medieval romance set in the Welsh border country in the eleventh century, just after the Norman Conquest. The narrator is Sir Gilbert de Polrebec, now the Holy and Pious Abbot of Strata Florida. Sir Gilbert recounts his early life as a young knight, and his struggle as a young man to renounce his carnal and material desires in order to follow the spiritual callings of Christ.
Poems and the spring of joy by Mary Webb( Book )

36 editions published between 1928 and 1956 in English and Undetermined and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bolt from the blue by Howard Skempton( )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifty-one poems : hitherto unpublished in book form by Mary Webb( Book )

20 editions published between 1946 and 1957 in English and Undetermined and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gone to earth by Mary Webb( )

37 editions published between 1917 and 2017 in English and French and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Small feckless clouds were hurried across the vast untroubled skyshepherdless futile imponderableand were torn to fragments on the fangs of the mountains so ending their ephemeral adventures with nothing of their fugitive existence left but a few tears
A Mary Webb anthology by Mary Webb( Book )

7 editions published between 1930 and 1940 in English and Undetermined and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Songs of the countryside by Michael Head( )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essential Mary Webb by Mary Webb( Book )

11 editions published between 1949 and 1951 in English and Undetermined and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains a selection of essays, poems and extracts from the novels of Mary Webb
The spring of joy; a little book of healing by Mary Webb( )

13 editions published between 1917 and 2016 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Spring of Joy collects together a group of exquisite essays of appreciation, written with the idea of succouring 'the weary and wounded in the battle of life.' They are an extraordinary record of a woman's empathy, not only for the beauty, colour, form, delicacy and majesty of the natural world, but also for her fellow human beings who suffer."--Back cover
The glory that was Grub street; impressions of contemporary authors by Arthur St. John Adcock( Book )

2 editions published in 1928 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected prose and poems : a selection of Mary Webb's hitherto uncollected and unpublished work by Mary Webb( Book )

6 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The spring of joy, poems, some prose pieces and the unfinished novel, Armour wherein he trusted by Mary Webb( Book )

7 editions published between 1937 and 1947 in English and Undetermined and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Precious bane by Mary Webb( Recording )

18 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prue Sarn triumphs over a physical handicap to win her heart's desire
The Chinese lion by Mary Webb( Book )

3 editions published between 1937 and 1989 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La renarde : roman by Mary Webb( Book )

30 editions published between 1933 and 1980 in French and Undetermined and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Audience level: 0.53 (from 0.25 for Gone to ea ... to 0.88 for La renarde ...)

Precious bane
Gone to earthThe golden arrowSeven for a secretThe house in Dormer ForestGone to earthPrecious baneMary Webb, neglected genius
Alternative Names
Mary Webb Brits schrijfster (1881-1927)

Mary Webb englische Schriftstellerin und Dichterin

Mary Webb romancière anglaise

Mary Webb scrittrice britannica

Mary Webb skieuse alpine autrichienne

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