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Mary Webb Papers, 1898-1926
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 8

Abstract:
English poet and novelist acknowledged by the Institut Français in 1926 for "the best imaginative work in prose or verse descriptive of English life by an author who has not gained sufficient recognition." Includes 30 holographs and 58 typescript drafts of 80 poems as well as a holograph draft of a book review.
Mortimer Rare Book Room
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Mary Webb was born in Leighton-under-the-Wrekin, Shropshire, England, on March 25, 1881 to George Edward and Sarah Alice Meredith. She was educated at home by her schoolmaster father, but spent two years in Southport attending a private school. Webb suffered from Graves's disease throughout her adult life, her most serious attack keeping her bedridden for several years at the age of twenty. She married Henry Webb in June 1912, and lived in Shropshire until 1921 when the couple moved to London. The Institut Français presented her with the Femina/Vie Heureuse prize for Precious Bane in 1926, acknowledging "the best imaginative work in prose or verse descriptive of English life by an author who has not gained sufficient recognition."

Her writings include the novels The Golden Arrow (London: Constable, 1916; New York: Dutton, 1935), Gone to Earth (London: Constable, 1917; New York: Dutton, 1917), The House in Dormer Forest (London: Hutchinson, 1920; New York: Doran, 1921), Seven for a Secret, A Love Story (London: Hutchinson, 1922; New York: Doran, 1923), Precious Bane (London: Cape, 1924; New York: Dutton, 1926), Armour Wherein He Trusted (London: Cape, 1929; New York: Dutton, 1929), a collection of essays entitled The Spring of Joy (London and Toronto: Dent/New York: Dutton, 1917; New York: Dutton, 1937), a poetry collection Fifty-one Poems Hitherto Unpublished in Book Form (London: Cape, 1946; New York: Dutton, 1947) and two anthologies Poems and the Spring of Joy (London: Cape, 1928; New York: Dutton, 1929) and Mary Webb: Collected Prose and Poems, edited by Gladys Mary Coles (Shropshire: Wildings, 1977).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Mary Webb Papers contain 30 holographs and 58 typescript drafts of 80 poems as well as a holograph draft of a book review. The majority of these poems were published in 51 Poems (London: Cape, 1946; New York: Dutton, 1947), a posthumously published collection. The bulk of the material is undated; those works which are dated span the years 1898-1926. Twelve manuscripts were presented to Smith College by David J. and Barbara Holmes on March 29, 1994 in memory of Ruth Mortimer, Class of 1953. The book review was purchased from the Book Press on July 18, 1990, in a red cloth folder with the bookplate of H. Bradley Martin. The remaining 77 manuscripts were purchased in May 1994 from David J. Holmes on the Fund established by Hillier Krieghbaum, in memory of his wife Katherine Lancaster Krieghbaum, Class of 1938. The 77 manuscripts were housed in a blue full leather clamshell box and in a green cloth slipcase with the bookplates of H. Bradley Martin.

This collection is organized into two series:


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Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Mary Webb Papers, Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College.

History of the Collection

Twelve manuscripts were presented to Smith College by David J. and Barbara Holmes on March 29, 1994 in memory of Ruth Mortimer, Class of 1953. The book review was purchased from the Book Press on July 18, 1990, in a red cloth folder with the bookplate of H. Bradley Martin. The remaining 77 manuscripts were purchased in May 1994 from David J. Holmes on the Fund established by Hillier Krieghbaum, in memory of his wife Katherine Lancaster Krieghbaum, Class of 1938. The 77 manuscripts were housed in a blue full leather clamshell box and in a green cloth slipcase with the bookplates of H. Bradley Martin.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Mortimer Rare Book Room
William Allan Neilson Library
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2906
Fax: (413) 585-2904

Email: mrbr@smith.edu
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/rarebook
Language
English and French
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Series Descriptions
n.d.
(1 item)

Series I. consists of one holograph entitled "Plus que de l'esprit" which is a review of Ariel (1924) and Mape (1926) by Andre Maurois (Folder 1).

1898-1926, n.d.
(88 items)

Series II. consists of 88 holograph and typescript drafts of 80 poems. Two drafts exist for the following titles: "Buds," "The Dance," "The Footpath," "Hazel Buds," "Praise," "The Thought," and "The White Moth". Forty-five of these poems are published in Fifty-one Poems (London: Cape, 1946; New York: Dutton, 1947), six are published in Poems and the Spring of Joy (London: Cape, 1928; New York: Dutton, 1929) and twenty-nine are unpublished.

Contents List
Series I. Review by Mary Webb,
n.d.
(1 item)

"Plus que de l'esprit": holograph, signed,
n.d.
6 leaves (6 pages); 22 cm.
Box : folder 1
Note:

Address: Spring Cottage, Lythe Hill, Shrewsbury.

Provenance:

Book Press

Series II. Poems of Mary Webb,
1898-1926, n.d.
(88 items)

"Absence": typescript,
1921 Jun
2 leaves (2 pages); 26 cm or smaller.
Box : folder 2
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 42-3.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Adam": typescript, signed,
1919
6 leaves (6 pages); 26 cm.
Box : folder 3
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Alder Buds": holograph,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 10 cm.
Box : folder 4
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 22

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Among the hills": holograph, signed,
n.d.
1 leaf (2 pages); 14 cm.
Box : folder 5
Note:

Unpublished. Address: Penrose, Landemann Circus, Weston-super-mare.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Apple-blow": typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 14 cm.
Box : folder 6
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, pg. 41.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

[Autumn, 1914]: typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 19 cm.
Box : folder 7
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 45.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

[The Beacon]: typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 10 cm.
Box : folder 8
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 39.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"The Beautiful House": holograph,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 12 cm.
Box : folder 9
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 11.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

[Beauty and Terror]: typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 fragment); 12 cm.
Box : folder 10
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 20.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Beloved! Beloved! I hear in the darkness...": holograph, signed,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 14 cm.
Box : folder 11
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

[Bounty]: typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 12 cm.
Box : folder 12
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 14.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

[Buds]: holograph,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 8 cm.
Box : folder 13
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 32. Variant title: "Earth's Trainband".

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Buds": typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 26 cm.
Box : folder 14
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 32. Variant title: "Earth's Trainband".

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Caterina to Camoens": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 11 cm.
Box : folder 15
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"A Conqueror": typescript, signed,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 27 cm.
Box : folder 16
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

[The Dance]: typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 23 cm.
Box : folder 17
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 15.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"The Dance": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 26 cm.
Box : folder 18
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 15.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Dawn": holograph,
1902 Jun
1 leaf (2 pages); 21 cm.
Box : folder 19
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Desolation": typescript, corrected,
1909 Jan
1 leaf (1 page); 13 cm.
Box : folder 20
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, pg. 24. Address: Maesbrook.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"An Estray": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 23 cm.
Box : folder 21
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 59. Additional stanza and manuscript note.

Provenance:

Holmes

[The Fawn]: holograph, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 11 cm.
Box : folder 22
Note:

Unpublished. Manuscript title: "Pastel".

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"The Fawn": typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 12 cm.
Box : folder 23
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"The Flockmaster": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 20 cm.
Box : folder 24
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 61.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"The Footpath (I)": typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 14 cm.
Box : folder 25
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"The Footpath (II)": typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 14 cm.
Box : folder 26
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Foreboding": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 26 cm.
Box : folder 27
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 48.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"The Gates of Green and Gold": typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 26 cm.
Box : folder 28
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

[The Goblet]: holograph, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (2 pages); 21 cm.
Box : folder 29
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 60.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"The Grape-Blue Hills": typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf ( 1 page); 12 cm.
Box : folder 30
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 57.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

[The Great Wind]: typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 13 cm.
Box : folder 31
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 16.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Harps in Heaven": typescript, signed,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 26 cm.
Box : folder 32
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Harvest Song": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 20 cm.
Box : folder 33
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 31. Address: [Penrose, Landemann] Circus, [Weston-super-]mare.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Hazel Buds": holograph, uncorrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1page); 9 cm.
Box : folder 34
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 29.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Hazel Buds": typescript, uncorrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 26 cm.
Box : folder 35
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 29.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Heavy Silence": holograph, uncorrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 7 cm.
Box : folder 36
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 23.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"The Heritage": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 11 cm.
Box : folder 37
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Holmes

"Hill Pastures": holograph, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 27 cm.
Box : folder 38
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 54.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"In April": typescript, signed,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 21 cm.
Box : folder 39
Note:

Published in Poems and The Spring of Joy, p. 30-31.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Into a broken heart...": typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 16 cm.
Box : folder 40
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Isolde": typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 14 cm.
Box : folder 41
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 40.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"I watched him in the loud and shadowy lane...": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 9 cm.
Box : folder 42
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Holmes

"I worship the earth and the airs that blow...": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 26 cm.
Box : folder 43
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

[Lilies in the Valleys]: holograph,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 20 cm.
Box : folder 44
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 34.

Provenance:

Holmes

"The Lost Orchard": typescript, corrected
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 20 cm.
Box : folder 45
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 56. Manuscript note: Sunday Pictorial, 1920.

Provenance:

Holmes

"A Lover of Roses": typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 13 cm.
Box : folder 46
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p.46.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Magic": typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 14 cm.
Box : folder 47
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 50.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Master of the Coppice": typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 15 cm.
Box : folder 48
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 9.

Provenance:

Holmes

[The Mountain Tree]: typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 8 cm.
Box : folder 49
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 12.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"My Love is in the Mountains": typescript, signed,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 18 cm.
Box : folder 50
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 53.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Nature's Dogmatists": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 17 cm.
Box : folder 51
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 17.

Provenance:

Holmes

"New Year's Day": holograph, corrected, signed,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 25 cm.
Box : folder 52
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 44.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Night in the Open Air": holograph,
1911 May
1 leaf (1 page); 23 cm.
Box : folder 53
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 21. Address: Radbrook.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"On the Hills": holograph,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); p. 13
Box : folder 54
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 30.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

[On the Wild Hill]: holograph, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (2 pages); 21 cm.
Box : folder 55
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 55.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"The plovers are shrill tonight...": typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 7 cm.
Box : folder 56
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"The Poplar Tree": typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 18 cm.
Box : folder 57
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 62.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Praise": holograph, signed,
[1920]
1 leaf (1 page); 23 cm.
Box : folder 58
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 63.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Praise": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 14 cm.
Box : folder 59
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 63.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Quick Swallows, cosmopolitans of the air...": typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 14 cm.
Box : folder 60
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

[Reflections]: holograph,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 9 cm.
Box : folder 61
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 34.

Provenance:

Holmes

"The rivers ran from rock to rock...": typescript, corrected, signed,
1921
1 leaf (1 page); 26 cm
Box : folder 62
Note:

Unpublished. Address: Leinster Square.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Rondeau Redouble": holograph,
1909
1 leaf (2 pages); 23 cm.
Box : folder 63
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

[Rose-Berries]: typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 26 cm.
Box : folder 64
Note:

Published in Poems and The Spring of Joy, p. 36. Manuscript title: "The Rose-Berry"

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Green case

[Sallow-Catkins]: typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 24 cm.
Box : folder 65
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 28.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

[The Secret Joy]: holograph,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 15 cm.
Box : folder 66
Note:

Published in Poems and The Spring of Joy, p. 29. Manuscript title: "Freemasonry".

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"The Sedge-warbler": holograph, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 20 cm.
Box : folder 67
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Shepherd's Song": holograph,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 16 cm.
Box : folder 68
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Snowdrop Time": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page; 7 cm.
Box : folder 69
Note:

Published in Poems and The Spring of Joy, p. 39.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Green case

"Spring": holograph,
1898
1 leaf (2 pages); 11 cm or less
Box : folder 70
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Summer Remembered": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 22 cm.
Box : folder 71
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 36-7.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Sunset": holograph, uncorrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 21 cm.
Box : folder 72
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 49

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Thanksgiving": holograph,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 30 cm.
Box : folder 73
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"There are the pastures of sleep...": typescript,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 12 cm.
Box : folder 74
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

[The Thought]: holograph, uncorrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 15 cm.
Box : folder 75
Note:

Published in Poems and The Secret of Joy, p. 103. Manuscript title: "The Messenger"

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"The Thought": typescript, signed,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 23 cm.
Box : folder 76
Note:

Published in Poems and The Spring of Joy, p. 103.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Thunderbolts": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 20 cm.
Box : folder 77
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"To G.D.M.": holograph, corrected,
1919 Sep 15
1 leaf (1 page); 20 cm.
Box : folder 78
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 51.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"To Life": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 26 cm.
Box : folder 79
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Green case

"To my Dear": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 21 cm.
Box : folder 80
Note:
"Two Faiths": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page), 19 cm.
Box : folder 81
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 17.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Unfinished Embroidery": holograph, corrected,
n.y. Jan 5
1 leaf (1 page); 21 cm.
Box : folder 82
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"Very Early": typescript, corrected, signed,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 26 cm.
Box : folder 83
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 58.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

[The White Moth]: holograph, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 25 cm.
Box : folder 84
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"The White Moth": typescript,
n.d.
2 leaves (2 pages); 25 cm.
Box : folder 85
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"The Wild Rose": typescript, corrected, signed,
[ca. 1912]
1 leaf (1 page); 14 cm.
Box : folder 86
Note:

Published in Poems and The Spring of Joy, p. 111.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Green case

"The Wondrous Voice:" holograph, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page) 2 pages; 20 cm.
Box : folder 87
Note:

Unpublished.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"The Wood-Witch": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 26 cm.
Box : folder 88
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 33.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case

"The Yellow-Hammer": typescript, corrected,
n.d.
1 leaf (1 page); 26 cm.
Box : folder 89
Note:

Published in 51 Poems, p. 10.

Provenance:

Krieghbaum, Blue case


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  • Webb, Mary Gladys Meredith, 1881-1927.
  • Women novelists, English--20th century.
  • Women poets, English--20th century.


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