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An important and forceful left-wing intellectual (a shaper both of the Fabian Society and of the Labour Party), Beatrice Webb wrote at the end of the nineteenth century and in the early twentieth century. Her subjects were social issues: for instance, unemployment, and the development of the co-operative movement and of trade unions. She was also (and from the same public-spirited motives) remarkable as a diarist and autobiographer. Almost all her writing on public topics (nearly forty publications, including eighteen monographs) was done in collaboration with her husband, Sidney Webb. So thoroughly are they thought of as one mind that joint biographies of them are more common than individual ones.
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22 January 1858 Beatrice Potter (later BW) was born at Standish House in Gloucestershire. Bibliographic Citation link.
February 1886 Beatrice Potter (later BW) first reached print with a letter to the Pall Mall Gazette, headed "A Lady's View of Unemployment at the East", describing the Katherine Buildings in East London. Bibliographic Citation link.
1894 BW, in her first literary and scholarly collaboration with her husband Sidney, published The History of Trade Unionism. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 26 February 1926 BW published her autobiographical My Apprenticeship, relating her life before her marriage. Bibliographic Citation link.
30 April 1943 BW died at the age of eighty-seven, of kidney failure, at her house, Passfield Corner in Hampshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
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