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1882 - 1972

Winifred M. Letts, born in Ireland in 1882, was a poet, novelist and playwright. Her Songs from Leinster (1913) was her most characteristic poetry collection. She called herself "a back-door sort of bard," and she was particularly effective in the old ballad style and her subject was often Irish peasantry and folk life. She also wrote three novels, five books for children, a later volume of Poems of the War and, during the World War One, she served as a nurse at various base hospitals.