The Spring of Joy: A Little Book of Healing

Mary Webb (1881 - 1927)

Mary Webb was a novelist and poet and two of her novels "Gone to Earth" and "Precious Bane" have been successfully adapted for film and television. She was passionate about nature and particularly the Shropshire countryside where she grew up and spent much of her life. At the age of 20, she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease known as Graves' disease, a thyroid condition. She was often confined to her bed but came to believe that her love of and connection with nature helped in her healing. "The Spring of Joy: A Little Book of Healing" published in 1917 is a collection of essays which celebrate the natural world with poetic and descriptive brilliance. It was actually written some years earlier while she was recovering from her first bout of illness. Her dedication for the book reads: TO THE WEARY AND WOUNDED IN THE BATTLE OF LIFE THIS LITTLE BOOK IS LOVINGLY DEDICATED - Summary by Noel Badrian

Genre(s): Essays & Short Works

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter 1 Vis Medicatrix Naturae NoelBadrian
00:20:13
Play 02 Chapter 2 Part 1 The Joy Of Motion NoelBadrian
00:24:53
Play 03 Chapter 2 Part 2 The Joy Of Music NoelBadrian
00:17:24
Play 04 Chapter 2 Part 3 The Joy Of Fragrance NoelBadrian
00:15:29
Play 05 Chapter 3 Laughter NoelBadrian
00:25:36
Play 06 Chapter 4 Part 1 The Beauty Of Form NoelBadrian
00:21:01
Play 07 Chapter 4 Part 2 The Beauty Of Shadow NoelBadrian
00:14:39
Play 08 Chapter 4 Part 3 The Beauty Of Colour NoelBadrian
00:24:04
Play 09 Chapter 5 "You Whom Care in Prison Keeps, And Sickness Doth Suppress." NoelBadrian
00:17:19