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Autograph letter, February 15 to A. St. John Adcock

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Mary Webb. Autograph letter signed, February 15 [1925], to Arthur St. John Adcock, one page on one leaf. Webb writes that she is delighted to let Adcock (editor of the Bookman) include some of her poems in an anthology. She states: “Perhaps the best thing would be for me to bring you a collection of most of my poems that I have made, hoping to get it published in volume form.” She says Adcock should select the poems he prefers. Webb’s poems “Foxgloves” and “An Old Woman” were included in The Bookman Treasury of Living Poets (1925). Webb had always hoped to publish a collection of her poems. The first volume of Webb’s poetry was published posthumously as Poems and The Spring of Joy (1928) in volume 1 of The Collected Works of Mary Webb. A second volume, Fifty-One Poems (1946), was published later from an additional cache found among her papers by Webb’s husband. Two further editions of Mary Webb’s poems, both edited by Gladys Mary Coles, have also been published: Mary Webb: Collected Prose and Poems (1977) and Selected Poems of Mary Webb (1981; updated third edition 2005).