Gone to Earth (novel)

Gone to Earth is a 1917 romance novel by the British writer Mary Webb. It was her second novel following her debut The Golden Arrow the previous year. It received positive reviews and Rebecca West described it as her book of the year.[1] It is set in Shropshire around Long Mynd and Wenlock Edge. In 1935 it was one of the first batch of Penguin Books published.

Gone to Earth
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First edition
AuthorMary Webb
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreRomantic drama
Publication date
Media typePrint

Film adaptationEdit

In 1950 the novel was adapted into the film Gone to Earth directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and starring Jennifer Jones, David Farrar and Cyril Cusack.[2]


  1. ^ Sutherland p.316
  2. ^ Goble p.492


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