|Title:||Poems, and The Spring of Joy|
|Commentator:||de la Mare, Walter|
|Description:||About half the book is poetry, the rest is text. Includes an introduction by Walter de la Mare.
The Spring of Joy was Mary Webb's first completed work: a collection of nature essays. First published in 1917, these essays, though rather old-fashioned in tone, contain the core of Webb's pantheistic nature mysticism and reveal her precise, minute observation of natural phenomena. They express her faith that health and divine vitality are to be found in "The spiritual ties between man and nature."
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Author Bio for de la Mare, Walter
Walter John de la Mare OM CH (25 April 1873 – 22 June 1956) was an English poet, short story writer and novelist. He is probably best remembered for his works for children, for his poem "The Listeners", and for subtle psychological horror stories, amongst them "Seaton's Aunt" and "Out of the Deep".
His 1921 novel Memoirs of a Midget won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, and his post-war Collected Stories for Children won the 1947 Carnegie Medal for British children's books.
Author Bio for Webb, Mary
Mary Webb (1881-1927) was an English romantic novelist of the early 20th century, whose novels were set chiefly in the Shropshire countryside and among Shropshire characters and people which she knew and loved well. Although she was acclaimed by John Buchan and by Rebecca West, who hailed her as a genius, and won the Prix Femina of La Vie Heureuse for Precious Bane (1924), she won little respect from the general public. It was only after her death that the Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, earned her posthumous success through his approbation, referring to her as a neglected genius at a Literary Fund dinner in 1928.
Her writing is notable for its descriptions of nature, and of the human heart. She had a deep sympathy for all her characters and was able to see good and truth in all of them. Among her most famous works are: The Golden Arrow (1916), Gone to Earth (1917), and Seven for a Secret (1922).
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