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Mary Stewart (1) [1916–2014]

This page covers the author of The Crystal Cave.

For other authors named Mary Stewart, see the disambiguation page.

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Mary Stewart was born on September 17, 1916 in Sunderland, County Durham, England. She received a First Class Honours B.A. in English from Durham University in 1938 and a teaching certificate in 1939. She taught in elementary school until 1941 when she was offered a post at Durham University. She taught there until 1945 and received a M.A. in English during that time. Her first book, Madam, Will You Talk?, was published in 1955. Her other works included My Brother Michael, Touch Not the Cat, This Rough Magic, Nine Coaches Waiting, Thornyhold, Rose Cottage, and the Merlin Trilogy. She also wrote children's books including Ludo and the Star Horse and A Walk in Wolf Wood. She died on May 9, 2014 at the age of 97. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from The Crystal Cave… (more)
The Crystal Cave 5,690 copies, 103 reviews
The Hollow Hills 4,049 copies, 50 reviews
The Last Enchantment 3,693 copies, 34 reviews
The Wicked Day 2,658 copies, 20 reviews
Nine Coaches Waiting 1,579 copies, 43 reviews
Thornyhold 1,541 copies, 44 reviews
Touch Not the Cat 1,510 copies, 31 reviews
The Moon-Spinners 1,480 copies, 27 reviews
This Rough Magic 1,353 copies, 38 reviews
The Ivy Tree 1,308 copies, 35 reviews
Airs Above the Ground 1,252 copies, 24 reviews
Madam, Will You Talk? 1,079 copies, 29 reviews
The Gabriel Hounds 1,068 copies, 17 reviews
My Brother Michael 1,009 copies, 21 reviews
Wildfire at Midnight 934 copies, 21 reviews
Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy 901 copies, 15 reviews
Rose Cottage 850 copies, 12 reviews
The Prince and the Pilgrim 797 copies, 11 reviews
Thunder on the Right 780 copies, 18 reviews
The Stormy Petrel 751 copies, 14 reviews
A Walk In Wolf Wood 584 copies, 11 reviews
The Little Broomstick 290 copies, 13 reviews
The Wind Off the Small Isles 134 copies, 7 reviews
Ludo and the Star Horse 123 copies, 3 reviews
Frost on the Window: Poems 24 copies, 1 review
The Lost One 5 copies
Writing Mystery and Crime Fiction (Contributor) 8 copies, 1 review

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Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow was born on 12 September 1916 in Sunderland, England, the United Kingdom. She graduated from Durham University, from where she received an honorary D.Litt in 2009. She was a lecturer in English Language and Literature there until her marriage in 1945 to Sir Frederick Stewart, former chairman of the Geology Department of Edinburgh University, who died in 2001.

Lady Mary Stewart was author of twenty novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for young readers, she is admired for both her contemporary stories of romantic suspense and her historical novels. Her finest and most original achievement was Merlin Trilogy, an Arthurian saga: The Crystal Cave (1970), The Hollow Hills (1973) and The Last Enchantment (1979). The first of these was turned into a children’s television series in 1991. During years she resided in Scotland, where she died on 9 May 2014.

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