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Mary Webb (1881-1927), poet, mystic and lover of nature, spent most of her life in Shropshire, which features in all of her novels. Admiring contemporaries described Webb as a 'strange genius' and 'one of the best living writers'. After a life of illness and near-poverty, Mary Webb died in Hampstead.

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Brighter and better than Thomas Hardy . . . a marvellous writer
*Guardian*

Mary Webb need fear no comparison with any writer who has attempted to capture the soul of nature in words
*John Buchan*

With the publication of Precious Bane, a substantial readership came to respect Mary Webb's quiet genius; and it is for this country classic that she has been remembered ever since. When she died at the age of 46, literature lost a voice that promised to speak for Shropshire as poignantly as Thomas Hardy had spoken for Wessex, Emily Bronte for Yorkshire
*New York Times*

[Webb] was a great mystic and a master of both "inscape" and landscape. Any dull afternoon in London is lifted by being transported to the Mary Webb country of the Shropshire hills and the Welsh borderland
*Mail on Sunday*

Mary Webb need fear no comparison with any writer who has attempted to capture the soul of nature in words
*JOHN BUCHAN*

[Webb] was a great mystic and a master of both "inscape" and landscape. Any dull afternoon in London is lifted by being transported to the Mary Webb country of the Shropshire hills and the Welsh borderland.
*MAIL ON SUNDAY*

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