Webb, Mary (1881-1927) | University of North Texas Special Collections
Mary Webb (1881-1927) was a British author whose novels and poems are imbued with a sensitive connection to nature and a spirit of mysticism. She was born Mary Gladys Meredith and spent much of her childhood in Shropshire, near Shrewsbury. She married Henry B. L. Webb, a school teacher, in 1912.
Despite positive reviews, Mary Webb's work was relatively unknown during her short life. Her greatest fame occurred after her death, when the British Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, publicly praised her novel Precious Bane, for which she received the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse in 1926. Jonathan Cape immediately published Mary Webb's collected works; her husband edited an anthology of her work and published it in 1939. Her novels were reprinted and became best sellers.