- New York: The Grolier Club, 2010.
- 6 x 9 inches
- hardcover, slipcase
- 234 pages
- ISBN: 9781605830247
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Mary Webb was an extraordinary poet well known for her writings about the English countryside and rural England. Webb recorded her own observations while making readers feel as if they were living in her landscape. Webb brought people closer to nature with vivid expressions of the outdoors. She wrote in a lyrical quality with her characters encompassing emotions of sympathy, love, joy, and genuine pleasure. She has been reviewed as a poet with excellent work.
Mary Webb: Neglected Genius is a two-volume hardcover slipcased set. The set was published to accompany the exhibition held at the Grolier Club from January 27 to March 13, 2010, and then at Stanford University from May 17 to August 29, 2010. Attempting to bring more attention to the lesser-known works, the catalogue includes the only extant manuscript of a Mary Webb novel, Armour Wherein He Trusted; a letter of appreciation from Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin; a group of letters from Webb to her future mother-in-law; and the manuscript of Clematisa & Percival, an unpublished story written by her as a teenager and reproduced here in the accompanying volume.
The catalogue also includes a foreword, a critical assessment by Bruce J. Crawford, an essay on how Mary Crawford came to collect Webb's work, and a retrospective on collecting Webb by Thomas A. Goldwasser. Containing descriptions of her work, the book is also richly illustrated and includes a selection of poems. The reproduction of Clematisa & Percival is exquisitely illustrated by William Bishop.