WHITE WITCHES. Forrest, Helena.

WHITE WITCHES. London: Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., n.d. [1929]. Octavo, pp. [1-12] 13-287 [288: blank], gray cloth, spine panel stamped in black. First edition, first printing? "Romance novel set in a farming and ranching community in Australia. The 'White Witches' are semicircle stand of gum trees that the main characters believe exert both good and evil influences over their lives. Local superstition is attached to the stand of gum trees because a despondent farmer committed suicide by hanging himself from one of the trees several years prior to the opening of the novel. The central characters are of Irish descent, and the novel contains references to Celtic folklore, particularly fairies and changelings although no actual supernatural events occur. The plot revolves around the lives of Maeve and Stuart Jackson, their daughter Synfye, and Synfye's developing relationship with Liam M'Pherris. Mabel Forrest (1872-1935) was an Australian poet, novelist, and short story writer who at one time was called 'the most prolific writer of verse in the Commonwealth' by The Melbourne Herald (October 25, 1919). References and imagery associated with Celtic folklore, especially fairies and witches, recur throughout her work, especially her poetry." - Boyd White. Blain, Grundy and Clements, The Feminist Companion to Literature in English, p. 386. A reading copy. (#164364).

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