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[Typescript Poem] “The Door”

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Mary Webb. “The Door.” Typescript poem, one leaf, 5½″ x 5¾″, white wove paper. Twelve lines, four ink corrections. Cut from a larger sheet, and with a few minor creases. Penciled number “35” (?) in upper-right corner. Devastated by her fatherís death at age 67, twenty-eight year old Mary grieved so acutely that she suffered a relapsed of the Graveís disease she had contracted at age 20. Gradually, Mary worked through her grief by composing prose and poetry dedicated to her much-loved fatherís memory as in this lament for humanity.