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[Typescript Poem] Mary Webb. “A Carol For Peace”

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Mary Webb. “A Carol for Peace.” Typescript poem [1925]. One leaf, 5″ x 4½″, white wove watermarked paper. Twelve lines in three stanzas. The title is written in pencil and may have been added at a later date. This typescript differs from the printed poem with the same title, as there are minor differences in the first two stanzas, and the third stanza is substantially changed. The verses deal with one of Webb’s recurrent topics—recovery from the grief and savagery of World War I. This poem was written when Webb was at the height of her creative power. In February 1925, she had been awarded the prestigious Prix Femina Vie Heureuse Anglais for Precious Bane, and had been successfully writing and reviewing for the Bookman, T. P. and Cassell’s Weekly, and the Spectator.