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Margiad Evans began writing both diaries and poetry in her youth. She began publishing in the 1930s with stories, then novels. Her first novel was historical and all are regional, set in the Border country between England and Wales. After four novels she turned to a form of autobiography (drawn from her journals, with religious questioning and intense natural description). The second of her two volumes of memoir confronts her epileptic seizures. Though her output was small and her career cut short, her unusual body of work is once more attracting attention, partly on account of its connection with Wales.
17 March 1909 Peggy Whistler (who later chose for herself the name ME) was born near Uxbridge in Middlesex. Bibliographic Citation link.
By late September 1952 Margiad Evans published her second autobiographical volume, A Ray of Darkness, in which she writes about her experience with epilepsy. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1957 ME composed the last extended writing of her life, "The Immortal Hospital", an "unpublished account of childhood" which argues that early memories remain all through life a "refuge for joy," potentially healing and renewing. Bibliographic Citation link.
17 March 1958 ME died on the evening of her forty-ninth birthday, in the Kent and Sussex Hospital, Tunbridge Wells. Bibliographic Citation link.
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