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Mary Stewart (Lady Mary Florence Elinor Stewart) Biography

(1916– ), (Lady Mary Florence Elinor Stewart), Madam Will You Talk?, Touch Not the Cat, Thornyhold

Literature Reference: American Literature, English Literature, Classics & Modern FictionEncyclopedia of Literature: Souvenirs to St Joan of the Stockyards (Die heilige Johanna der Schlachthöfe)

British novelist, born in Sunderland, educated at Durham University where she subsequently lectured in English, before becoming a full-time writer. Many of her novels are romantic adventures in contemporary settings, including her first novel, Madam Will You Talk? (1955), Touch Not the Cat (1976), and Thornyhold (1988). The Crystal Cave (1970) was the first of several books retelling the legends of Arthur and Merlin on a plausible human scale; The Hollow Hills (1973), The Last Enchantment (1979), The Wicked Day (1983) and The Prince and the Pilgrim (1995) continue the epic. Her books for children include Ludo and the Star Horse (1974), winner of the Scottish Arts Council Award.

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