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Mary Beckett was born in Belfast in 1926 and died on November 12, 2013. Beckett was a teacher in Ardoyne, Belfast until her marriage in 1956. Mary began writing short stories when she was twenty-three but stopped to bring up her five children. This sojourn lasted for twenty years and she returned with the brilliant A Literary Woman. She was awarded The Sunday Tribute Arts Award for Literature in 1987. Mary Beckett writes about ordinary people in ordinary situations. She also writes about ordinary people in non ordinary situations, such as stressful situations. Her great ability is the portrayal of life as being a continuance, as life goes on no matter what happens. Good and bad things happen, but life goes on, and we must make the best of it. For Mary Beckett, it is often a question of balance. Her protagonists, usually women, because they are usually the ones who bear the strain, balance the outward face of middle-class respectibility with the harshness of a lower class poverty. This poverty is often brought on by male alcoholism, which strips the family of desperately needed funds as well as any kind of dignity.

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A Literary Woman

A Literary Woman

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Book Review:

Mary Beckett's return to writing after a twenty year gap to bring up her five children. She has not lost any of her nerve, insightfulness or power of voice in that time.

Book Condition:
Very Good in Very Good Dw
Bloomsbury Hardback 1990 1st Edition
Book Weight: 470g

ISBN 0747506078

Book Type:
Short Stories

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Very Interesting account of Mary Beckett's writing can be found at this site.Mary Beckett Biography