Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
Standard Name: Webb, Mary
Birth Name: Mary Gladys Meredith
Married Name: Mary Gladys Webb
MW became very well known in the early twentieth century as a poetic regional novelist. She also wrote poetry, essays, short stories, and reviews. Her subject-matter is a rural past of love, violence, beauty and cruelty, of nature's power and mystery, of passionate lives, particularly those of tragic women.
She herself wrote that the hero [sic] of a country story must be instinct with the countryside: it is in his very bones; it is also his voice. The kind of fiction she aimed at unifies its characters with the earth, half frustrate, half triumphal.
Davies, Linda. Mary Webb Country. Palmers Press, 1990.
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Initially learning at home, Penelope became well versed in the Authorised Version, tales of Greece and Rome, The Arabian Nights and not much else.
She was passionately addicted to Greek mythology, but...
Lively, Penelope. A House Unlocked. Grove Press, 2001.
|Family and Intimate relationships||Nina Bawden||
Her mother, Ellalaine Ursula May Cushing (always called Judy), was born in 1898. Once the long-jump champion of Norfolk, she was still fit enough in her seventies to turn a neat cartwheel.
Bawden, Nina. In My Own Time: Almost An Autobiography. Virago, 1995.
|Friends, Associates||Hélène Barcynska|
|Friends, Associates||Susan Tweedsmuir|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Stella Gibbons||
The idea for the novel germinated while SG was working at the Evening Standard; she wrote much of it while travelling to and from work on the London tube.
In 1928, the year...
Briggs, Asa. A History of Longmans and Their Books 1724 - 1990. Longevity in Publishing. British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 2008.
|Intertextuality and Influence||Stella Gibbons|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Bryony Lavery||
The two women are quickly transported into the romance, where Lady Harriet Helstone is the rich and lovely, ardent and wilful scion of the hard-drinking, hard-riding, rakehelly Helstones,
and Molly is a simple village...
Lavery, Bryony. Plays, 1. Methuen Drama, 1998.
|Intertextuality and Influence||Ethel M. Dell|
|Literary responses||Sheila Kaye-Smith||
This novel brought critical and popular acclaim. SKS said that the weeks following its appearance were some of the happiest of her life.
The Times Literary Supplement notice began: No matter what fine work...
Walker, Dorothea. Sheila Kaye-Smith. Twayne, 1980.
|Literary responses||Constance Smedley||
This work was reviewed by Mary Webb for the Bookman in January 1925 together with Ethel Sidgwick 's Laura: A Cautionary Story and V. H. Friedlaender 's The Colour of Youth.
According to Smedley...
Crawford, Mary, and Bruce Crawford. “Selected Bibliography of Writings By and About Mary Webb”. Mary Webb, Neglected Genius.
|Performance of text||Bryony Lavery||
BL 's dramatic adaptation of Precious Bane by Mary Webb , put on by the Pentabus Theatre Company , was performed successively at several historic houses and at the Shrewsbury arts festival.
“Biographies: Bryony Lavery”. MCC’s Last Easter - Full Casting Announced.
“Precious Bane is a real treat”. BBC: Shropshire: Theatre & Arts.
|Author summary||Stella Gibbons|
She began writing a fortnight after he died.
Her photographic illustrations include a beautiful portrait of Mary Webb . Her husband had asked her, if she wrote his life, neither to caricature nor to...
Barcynska, Hélène. Caradoc Evans. Hurst and Blackett, 1946.