Mary Webb. Autograph letter signed, October 19 [ca. 1924], to Morton Luce, two pages on one leaf. In this letter written from 5 Grove Cottages, Hampstead N.W. 3, Webb discusses reviews that she is writing for the Spectator, and comments about the beautiful country surrounding their cottage in Hampstead. She concludes: “I am working at a novel, which I do hope will be better than the others I have written.” Webb refers to Precious Bane (1925), which in 1926 will be awarded the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse Anglais, a prestigious literary prize recognizing the best work of imagination in English published by an author whose work has not yet received sufficient recognition (presented annually by two important French magazines whose titles comprise the name of the award).